London markets sank as oil companies retreated following several strong sessions and the bottom fell out for miners.
How did markets perform?
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 UKX, -0.25% retreated 0.4% to 7,490.2, following Tuesday’s solid gain of nearly 0.9%.
The pound GBPUSD, +0.0309% fell 0.1% to $1.2932, after declining 0.3% Tuesday.
What’s moving the markets?
Market followers struggled Wednesday morning to digest Tuesday’s record-high closes in U.S. equities. While earnings came in stronger than expected, analysts cautioned that the case for continued strength wasn’t a slam dunk.
A slow day for Brexit news, as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was reported to be targeting a parliamentary vote on her withdrawal agreement next week as discussions continued within the Conservative Party around whether to change the rules and force her out as leader. Talks between government and opposition Labour Party representatives again broke down, perhaps because their lack of progress was overshadowed by the lack of progress elsewhere.
Which stocks are active?
A retreat in crude prices forced oil companies to give back some of Tuesday’s gains. Tullow Oil TLW, -2.00% fell 2.7%, and major oil companies BP Plc BP., -1.38% fell 1.6% while Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A RDSA, -0.63% dropped 1%.
The shine came off miners on Wednesday, with Anglo American PLC AAL, -2.36% leading the FTSE 100 decliners at 2.3%. Others affected include BHP Group Plc BHP, -0.87% , down 1%, Rio Tinto PLC RIO, -0.77% retreating 0.8% and Antofagasta Plc ANTO, -0.82% down 0.5%.
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