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By Devik Jain and Shivani Kumaresan
(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 clocked its best day in over two months on Wednesday, supported by gains in heavyweight mining and banking stocks on recovery optimism, while shares of Croda International jumped after it announced a business review.
The blue-chip index rose 1.8%, with the speciality chemicals group’s shares gaining 3.6% after it announced a strategic review of two units that cater more to industrial customers as it shifts focus to consumer-care and life-sciences sectors.
“Confidence in global economic growth is driving markets today,” said Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at Markets.com.
“The miners are going to be leading the way, whatever type of growth we get, products we produce and infrastructure spending, the miners are going to be the ones producing the industrial metals.”
The FTSE 100 has gained 8.7% so far this year as easing of business restrictions after the third lockdown and improving economic data coupled with speedy vaccine rollouts and government support pointed to a strong recovery from the pandemic crash last year.
However, concerns that central banks might put a lid on their policies as economies reopen and inflation rises has kept FTSE 100 in a tight trading range recently.
All eyes are now on the Bank of England’s meeting on May 6 where it will likely slow its bond purchases.
The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.3%.
Building materials supplier SIG (LON:SHI) gained 7.3% as it sees return to profitability in the first half of 2021, and forecast higher annual profit than previously expected.
British challenger bank Virgin Money (LON:VM) slipped 1.6% after a surprise one-off costs, knocking its shares despite a return to half-year profit and a forecast for improved margins.
FTSE 100 sees best day in two-months on miners boost; Croda shines
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