Miners Drag FTSE 100 from 16Month Highs; Airlines Soar

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Miners knocked Londons FTSE 100 index off 16month highs on Thursday as a hawkish turn by the U.S. Federal Reserve hit commodity prices, although Britains plans to ease travel restrictions allowed airline shares to buck the trend.

The bluechip index fell 0.3 and was on track for its biggest percentage fall in two weeks.

Base and precious metal miners slid 1.3 and 2.4 respectively, as commodity prices slipped after the Fed signalled it could raise rates earlier than expected.

Large dollarearning consumer staples companies Unilever, Diageo and Reckitt Benckiser Group fell between 0.5 and 1.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, said stock markets would likely be shielded by increased economic activity that would compensate for higher funding costs.

Pulling away liquidity should lead to some price pullback in major indices… but given the actual circumstances, investors will be increasingly craving for inflation and reflation friendly stocks, she said.

Banks, which tend to do well in a rising rate environment, were the biggest boost to the FTSE 100. Standard Chartered, Barclays and HSBC Holdings gained 2 each.

The domestically focused midcap FTSE 250 index declined 0.4. Dr. Martens slipped 6.9 to the bottom of the index even after the classic British boot brand reported a 22 rise in its annual core earnings.

Meanwhile, in fresh hopes for travel companies, Britain said it was considering allowing those who are double vaccinated against COVID19 to…

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