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U.K. stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.28%

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Investing.com – U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Automobiles & Parts, Fixed Line Telecommunications and Construction & Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 lost 0.28%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES), which rose 3.37% or 27.40 points to trade at 839.80 at the close. Meanwhile, Royal Mail PLC (LON:RMG) added 2.25% or 4.40 points to end at 199.95 and Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) was up 2.11% or 7.80 points to 377.80 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were ITV PLC (LON:ITV), which fell 4.32% or 4.75 points to trade at 105.25 at the close. Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG) declined 2.63% or 12.00 points to end at 445.00 and Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) was down 2.22% or 5.10 points to 224.40.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1316 to 866 and 204 ended unchanged.

Shares in Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG) fell to 52-week lows; losing 2.63% or 12.00 to 445.00.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.15% or 1.95 to $1345.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.78% or 0.41 to hit $52.69 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.21% or 0.74 to trade at $62.05 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.60% to 1.2595, while EUR/GBP rose 0.03% to 0.8897.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.57% at 97.553.

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