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U.K. stocks higher at close of trade; United Kingdom 100 up 1.08% – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Software & Computer ServicesInsurance and Life Insurance/Assurance sectors led shares higher.

At the close in London, the United Kingdom 100 added 1.08%.

The best performers of the session on the United Kingdom 100 wereHargreaves Lansdown PLC (LON:HRGV), which rose 3.84% or 90.00 points to trade at 2433.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Experian PLC (LON:EXPN) added 3.62% or 81.00 points to end at 2320.00 and Admiral Group PLC (LON:ADML) was up 3.31% or 68.00 points to 2120.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Burberry Group PLC (LON:BRBY), which fell 5.91% or 113.50 points to trade at 1808.00 at the close. National Grid PLC (LON:NG) declined 3.36% or 28.30 points to end at 814.50 and United Utilities Group PLC (LON:UU) was down 3.12% or 25.00 points to 777.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1315 to 723 and 325 ended unchanged.

Shares in Hargreaves Lansdown PLC (LON:HRGV) rose to all time highs; rising 3.84% or 90.00 to 2433.00. Shares in Experian PLC (LON:EXPN) rose to all time highs; rising 3.62% or 81.00 to 2320.00.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.88% or 11.45 to $1286.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.39% or 0.86 to hit $62.88 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.49% or 1.07 to trade at $72.84 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.42% to 1.2793, while EUR/GBP rose 0.26% to 0.8737.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 97.627.

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