FTSE 100 index of leading shares hits highest since March | BBC News


Britain’s index of leading shares closed at its highest since the pandemic sparked a market rout in March as investors on Tuesday cheered the post-Brexit trade deal.

In the first day of trading since markets closed on Christmas Eve, the FTSE 100 ended up 1.6% at 6,603 points.

It was the Footsie’s best day since 9 November, and only falls in bank shares stopped the index from rising further.

US shares also rose in the first few hours of trading.

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