By Helen Reid
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top stock index rose on Friday after a tumultuous week during which global stocks sold off and investors in UK stocks fretted about a parliamentary vote on Brexit next Tuesday.
Britain's FTSE 100 <.FTSE> rebounded from Thursday's plunge to gain 1.5 percent. Financials, consumer stocks and oil majors boosted the index.
Investors and analysts remained unconvinced the gains represented a change in sentiment, though.
"Are people going to put new cash to work convincingly now, thinking this is the low? I can't see there's any urgency to do that now really," said Ian Williams, analyst at Peel Hunt.
"It does look like a bounce from an extreme technical oversold level, but I don't think it means we're out of the woods yet by any means," he said.
Shares in Associated British Foods
"The next three weeks will be critical, and there may be a chance to reverse the trend if the weather normalises," Credit Suisse analysts said.
Marks & Spencer
Multinationals British American Tobacco
Mid-caps saw some big moves.
Intellectual-property investment firm IP Group's shares
"Against our earlier hopes for second-tier portfolio companies to step up to diversify dependence on Oxford Nanopore, hopefuls have largely failed to deliver, the listed portfolio drags and the market remains largely uninterested - ominously with the next significant funding beginning to loom," Jefferies analysts said.
Shares in tour operator Thomas Cook
On their first day of trading, shares in retail investment platform AJ Bell
(Reporting by Helen Reid, editing by Larry King)