U.K. shares higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 1.29%

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© Reuters U.K. shares higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 1.29%

Investing.com – U.K. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Industrial Transportation, Food Producers and Travel&Leisure sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 rose 1.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Ocado Group PLC (LON:OCDO), which rose 6.73% or 52.80 points to trade at 837.40 at the close. Whitbread PLC (LON:WTB) added 6.27% or 161.00 points to end at 2,727.00 and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC (LON:SMT) was up 6.22% or 43.00 points to 734.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included BP PLC (LON:BP), which lost 1.74% or 7.55 points to trade at 427.40 in late trade. Shell PLC (LON:SHEL) declined 1.60% or 37.00 points to end at 2,271.00 and BAE Systems PLC (LON:BAES) shed 1.45% or 11.20 points to 763.60.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1161 to 698 and 443 ended unchanged on the London Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.37% or 6.80 to $1,820.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 2.20% or 2.62 to hit $116.31 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.53% or 1.85 to trade at $119.32 a barrel.

GBP/USD was up 0.66% to 1.21, while EUR/GBP fell 0.84% to 0.86.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 105.27.