London Markets: London’s main stock index under pressure pressured as commodity prices fall

London’s equity bourse was under pressure on Thursday as investors monitored geopolitical headlines and shares of companies tied to commodities fell. A surging British pound also weighed on multinational companies.

The FTSE 100 index

dropped 1.2% to 7,515, and the British pound

climbed 0.3% to $1.3635. A stronger pound can impact the main index by weighing on blue chips that derive revenue from overseas.

Both Brent

and U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate

crude prices fell 2% as investors balanced reports of progress toward a nuclear agreement with Iran against fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Shell stock


was down nearly 1%.

Stocks in London were also tracking early losses on Wall Street that came amid increased concerns over a conflict breaking out on European soil due to the Russia-Ukraine tensions.

Read: Blinken to speak at U.N. Security Council on Russia’s ‘threat to peace,’ says State Department

And: Here’s the technology being used to watch Russian troops as Ukraine invasion fears linger

Among the bright spots, shares of Reckitt Benckiser

climbed 5% to the top of the gainer’s list after the consumer-goods group gave upbeat margin guidance, and revenue on a same store basis beat expectations. The company also swung to a pretax loss for 2021.

Elsewhere, luxury goods retailer Burberry

got a 1.6% lift after positive results from French luxury conglomerate Kering

Banks and the metals sector were also adding to downward pressure in London, with HSBC


dropping 1% after rival Standard Chartered

reported profits that fell short of expectations.

This post was originally published on Market Watch

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