The British stock index lost ground on Thursday as a stronger pound continued to weigh on the price.
Sterling keeps finding buyers after the European Union's chief negotiator offered his British colleagues an olive branch a day ago
How markets work
The FTSE 100
fell 0.7% to 7,509.74, after a decline of 0.7% in the previous session.
The British blue-chip ad shows a decline of 0.9% for the week, and it has come down 2.3% for the year so far.
bought $ 1.3025, little changed from $ 1.3028 late Wednesday in New York. Against the dollar, the week has risen by more than 1%.
A stronger pound may hold back the FTSE 100 as the multinationals of the index generate most of their sales in other currencies.
What moves markets
EU Negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday the trading bloc was ready to offer the United Kingdom an unprecedented partnership that would give the pound a big boost for this session.
His comments have helped dispel concerns over the potential for a "no-deal brexit," which means a disorderly UK move away from the EU without an agreement on future trade relations.
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Barnier's "gentler language will be a positive one, but A) There is still skepticism about what it all means, with a few details about it, and B) We have heard that kind of language in the past," said Neil Wilson, senior market analyst for Markets.com, in a single note.
Shares in Focus
Shares in the Vodafone Group PLC
fell 1.9% after the telecom announced a merger for an Australian company.
From the FTSE 100, stock of Hays PLC
dropped 4.3%, although the recruitment company announced a special dividend following a rise in the year's results.
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