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December 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 rose on Monday, with widespread gains driven by oil stocks following a rise in crude prices, while shares of Deliveroo fell to an all-time high amid the concerns over a European Union decision on concert workers.
The commodity-rich FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index gained 0.9%. Oil majors BP (BP.L) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) added nearly 2% each as crude prices surged after Saudi Arabia raised official selling prices for all grades of crude.
Gains were seen across most sectors, as sentiment stabilized after a volatile start to December dominated by fears about the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus and the increasingly hawkish outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
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“Today is sort of a double whammy on the bullish side,” said Stuart Cole, chief macro economist at Equiti Capital. “You have stocks that are not expensive to buy and you have a reason to buy them because some of the fear that was in the last week seems to be gone.”
Deliveroo (ROO.L) dipped 6.5% to an all-time low earlier in the session. European counterparts Just Eat Takeaway (TKWY.AS) and Delivery Hero (DHER.DE) also fell by around 5% each, fearing that the European Commission’s proposal on labor rights and workers’ statute economics of gigs does not hurt the profitability of these companies.
“Essentially it’s about trying to do away with the ‘gig’ economy and making sure all employees around the world are affected by labor laws. This obviously increases costs and impacts both on the job. cost efficiency and flexibility, ”Cole said.
Investors await a speech from Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent at 11:30 GMT. Markets assess only a 33% chance of a rate hike in December after BoE policymaker Michael Saunders’ speech on Friday, down from around 75% before the announcement of the new variant. Read more
The domestically-focused mid-cap index (.FTMC) rose 0.7%, with chemicals company Victrex PLC (VCTX.L) adding 3.4% after reporting a 46% increase in pre-profit earnings. taxes.
Chemicals company Synthomer Plc (SYNTS.L) fell 8.4% after a downgrade and a lower price target by Morgan Stanley.
Reporting by Bansari Mayur Kamdar in Bangalore; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Uttaresh.V
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