What happened yesterday?
London-listed stocks finished up on Wednesday, with positive sentiment driven by rising hopes of a Brexit deal and reports of progress on a US stimulus deal. The FTSE 100 finished the session up by 0.88% at 6,570.91, and the FTSE 250 was also up, by 1.23% to reach 20,096.56.
In the US, Wall Street stocks had a more mixed day as markets reacted to the Federal Reserve decision to hold interest rates steady. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down by 0.15% to 30,154.54, while the S&P 500 rose 0.18% to 3,701.17, and the Nasdaq Composite was up by 0.5% at 12,658.19.
In currency markets, sterling was also in positive territory, rising 0.29% on the dollar to $1.35, and improving very slightly by 0.03% against the euro to hit €1.11.
In company news:
UK housebuilders gained amid Brexit deal hopes, with Barratt Developments up 4.64%, Taylor Wimpey rising 2.33% and Persimmon up 1.88%. Elsewhere, electricals retailer Dixons Carphone rose sharply by 12.34% after it reported online trading was strong in the lead up to Christmas, offsetting store closures.