© Reuters. U.K. shares higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 1.45%

Investing.com – U.K. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in London, the gained 1.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Compass Group PLC (LON:), which rose 7.39% or 116.50 points to trade at 1,694.00 at the close. Prudential PLC (LON:) added 6.70% or 59.20 points to end at 942.20 and Tui AG (LON:) was up 5.67% or 12.30 points to 229.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ocado Group PLC (LON:), which lost 3.44% or 27.20 points to trade at 764.20 in late trade. AstraZeneca PLC (LON:) declined 2.15% or 220.00 points to end at 10,026.00 and Bunzl PLC (LON:) shed 2.12% or 63.00 points to 2,905.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1230 to 660 and 436 ended unchanged on the London Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.64% or 11.76 to $1,852.76 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 6.51% or 6.49 to hit $106.25 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 5.52% or 5.66 to trade at $108.12 a barrel.

GBP/USD was unchanged 0.28% to 1.23, while EUR/GBP unchanged 0.34% to 0.86.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 103.86.