U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Industrial Transportation, Mining and Gas, Water&Multiutilities sectors led shares lower.
At the close in London, the United Kingdom 100 declined 1.28%.
The best performers of the session on the United Kingdom 100 were Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG), which rose 2.36% or 15.80 points to trade at 685.80 at the close. Meanwhile, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) added 1.65% or 1.03 points to end at 63.41 and Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:HIK) was up 1.43% or 23.50 points to 1664.50 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Capita PLC (LON:CPI), which fell 8.61% or 13.95 points to trade at 148.05 at the close. Next PLC (LON:NXT) declined 7.14% or 424.00 points to end at 5512.00 and Intu Properties PLC (LON:INTUP) was down 3.98% or 6.95 points to 167.65.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1172 to 820 and 330 ended unchanged.
Shares in Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:HIK) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 1.43% or 23.50 to 1664.50.
Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.49% or 6.00 to $1217.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.38% or 0.95 to hit $67.81 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 2.05% or 1.52 to trade at $72.69 a barrel.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 94.43.