U.K. shares lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 1.14%

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U.K. shares lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 1.14%
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Investing.com – U.K. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Pharmaceuticals & Biotech , Household Goods & Home Construction and Oil & Gas Producers sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 fell 1.14% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Avast PLC (LON: AVST ), which rose 18.13% or 91.40 points to trade at 595.60 at the close. Experian PLC (LON: EXPN ) added 2.45% or 73.0 points to end at 3050.0 and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd DRC (LON: 0593xq ) was up 1.64% or 28.50 points to 1768.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Next PLC (LON: NXT ), which lost 4.98% or 388.0 points to trade at 7402.0 in late trade. AstraZeneca PLC (LON: AZN ) declined 3.73% or 323.0 points to end at 8346.0 and Taylor Wimpey PLC (LON: TW ) shed 3.60% or 5.85 points to 156.65.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1553 to 651 and 195 ended unchanged on the London Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.10% or 1.75 to $1826.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.82% or 0.60 to hit $72.53 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.72% or 0.54 to trade at $74.22 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.16% to 1.3834, while EUR/GBP fell 0.06% to 0.8532.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 92.635.

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