Commodity, leisure stocks lead British shares higher on recovery optimism

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 1.1%. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index added 0.96% with cruise operator Carnival Plc jumping 5.3% and providing the biggest boost. Pub operators and restaurants J D Wetherspoon, Restaurant Group and Marston's Plc rose between 1.4% and 4% after Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said pubs and restaurants won't require vaccine certificates in the initial re-opening of England's economy.

Reuters | London | Updated: 06-04-2021 13:03 IST | Created: 06-04-2021 13:01 IST
Commodity, leisure stocks lead British shares higher on recovery optimism
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British shares were boosted on Tuesday by heavyweight commodity and banking stocks, while prospects of a planned economic reopening from a coronavirus lockdown starting next week lifted beaten-down stocks of restaurants and pub operators. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 1.1%. Energy stocks BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and miners Rio Tinto, Anglo American, and Antofagasta Plc gained between 2.1% and 2.6%, tracking higher crude and metal prices.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said with the vaccine rolling out rapidly across Britain and infection numbers falling, England could proceed to Stage 2 of his roadmap out of lockdown from April 12 with the opening of all shops, gyms, hairdressers, and outdoor hospitality areas. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index added 0.96% with cruise operator Carnival Plc jumping 5.3% and providing the biggest boost.

Pub operators and restaurants J D Wetherspoon, Restaurant Group, and Marston's Plc rose between 1.4% and 4% after Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi said pubs and restaurants won't require vaccine certificates in the initial re-opening of England's economy.

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