Stocks on the FTSE 3500 were modestly lower at the end of the week, wiping out the week's gains in the process.
Banks and life insurers lent their heft to the advance in London's top-tier index as government bond yields on both sides of the Atlantic climbed higher.
London listed stocks were mixed at the start of the week, as hopes for a reopening of the UK economy were offset by the drag from miners and weakness in the oil patch.
Banks were the strongest segment in the stock market at the end of the week, as government bond yields lurched back higher on both sides of the Pond.
Technology shares fared best on Thursday, as investors played catch-up with US peers in the wake of the recent rally on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.
Stocks were mixed on Wednesday as investors paused for breath following recent heavy gains.
Tuesday's price action on the FTSE 350 was the mirror image of the prior session's, with Leisure Goods and Software finding a bid, while mining and banks were on the backfoot.
Banks' shares continued to outperform Technology at the start of the week amid expectations for an exit from the Covid-19 pandemic, possibly as soon as in the next couple of months, as well as for increased fiscal stimulus spending in the US.
Investors in Financial Services got the short end of the stock on Friday, as shares in the London Stock Exchange Group were hit by a wave of selling after the stockmarket operator flagged its intention to increased spending on its integration with Refinitiv in 2021.
Oil and Gas shares jumped to the top of the leader board after many of the world's major crude producers surprised traders with a decision to hold their combined output unchanged following talks on Thursday.
Cyclicals paced gains in the stockmarket on Wednesday, with Travel and Leisure, and Household Goods and Construction both helped by optimism around the UK's handling of the pandemic and growing confidence both towards the US and Eurozone.
Travel and Leisure shares were among the top performing areas of the market at the start of March, as investors cheered news that the number of new coronavirus infections was still falling sharply on both sides of the Atlantic.
Interest-rate sensitive Telecommunications and Electricity bore the brunt of selling in UK equities on Thursday, as the latest US jobless claims data surprised to the downside, pushing government bond yields on both sides of the Pond up to within a whisker of their 52-week highs.
Cyclicals were clearly in the lead at the start of the week, but failed to fully offset the drag from rising government bond yields on the other side of the Atlantic.
The more interest rate sensitive areas of the market benefited on Wednesday, as investors took some profits in cyclical names following the recent rise in government bond yields.
Equity investors in the UK paused for breath on Tuesday, having pushed the Footsie to within a whisker of its post-pandemic highs during the previous session.
Oil and Mining stocks surged at the start of the week on hopes for further fiscal stimulus in the US and that the pandemic might start to be coming under control.
Technology stocks topped the leaderboard again on Thursday after US central bank boss, Jerome Powell, reiterated overnight the Federal Reserve's commitment to buttressing growth.
Homebuilders and Travel names dragged on the wider market in the middle of the week, amid profit-taking in the former and after the Transport Secretary defended tougher travel restrictions.
Technology issues performed best on Tuesday helped by fresh record highs for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index on Wall Street.
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