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UK Shares Gain at End of Turbulent Week, set for Weekly Fall

  • Glencore climbs on upbeat outlook for its trading unit
  • Tesco says customers changing behaviour as inflation hits
  • Both the indexes set for third straight weekly fall
  • FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 1.2%

June 17 (Reuters) - UK stocks rose on Friday, with miner Glencore and media company Future gaining on strong outlook, although worries about sluggish economic growth put the main indexes on course for their third straight week of fall.

The FTSE 100 index was up 0.6% by 0818 GMT in choppy trading. Shares of Glencore jumped 3.4% to the top of index after forecasting more than $3.2 billion in half-year adjusted operating profit for its trading division.

Spirits maker Diageo provided the second-biggest boost to the index with a 2.6% rise.

The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 1.2%, powered by a 5.4% surge in shares of Future after the company reaffirmed it is on track to achieve full-year 2022 guidance.

Both the indexes slumped more than 3% on Thursday after a cautious rate hike by Bank of England spurred hopes of bigger increases in next few meetings, as it sees inflation topping 11% and warned that the British economy would shrink in the April-June quarter.

"The more aggressive line by central banks adds to headwinds for both economic growth and equities," Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management said in a note.

"Against this backdrop, we now see less upside for stocks this year, with slowing economic growth weighing on profit growth and higher bond yields depressing valuations."

For the week, the FTSE 100 is down 3.1% and the FTSE 250 has shed 3.7% as investors grew wary that a coordinated monetary policy tightening by global central banks could stoke a global economic slowdown.

"Rising inflation, interest rates and a rising chance of a recession have all served to turn stomachs in equity-land. Investor confidence can't have been completely shattered, however, judging by the fact some people were happy to go shopping for bargains after the recent sell-off," Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell said."

Among other stock moves, Tesco slipped 0.3% after Britain's biggest retailer said it was seeing early indications of changing customer behaviour due to surging inflationary pressures that had made the market "incredibly challenging".

Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

Source: Reuters

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