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FTSE 100 at one-week high as oil prices boost BP, Shell



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(Reuters) – UK’s rose on Wednesday to its highest in a week, with gains led by energy majors after oil prices jumped, while Apple (NASDAQ:) supplier IQE plunged following a downbeat earnings forecast.

The commodity-heavy FTSE 100 climbed 0.5% — rising for a third consecutive day, while the domestically focussed mid-cap index edged up 0.1%.

BP (LON:) and Royal Dutch Shell (LON:) rose more than 1% as investors remained sceptical about the effectiveness of a U.S.-led coordinated release of oil stocks from strategic reserves.

Miners added 1.2%, supported by higher prices.

Asset manager Brewin Dolphin slid 5.7% after warning of market volatility ahead, as government support measures unwind and consumer demand falls back into normal levels.

Britvic (LON:) advanced 2.7% after the soft drinks company reported a 9% rise in profit after tax despite warning of inflationary pressures.

IQE Plc, which makes semiconductor wafers for chips, slumped 19.6% after it forecast lower annual profit margin and revenue.

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