(Reuters) – London’s main stock market index held steady on Wednesday after a run of six losing sessions triggered by worries over the U.S.-China trade dispute, although commodities trader Glencore hit an almost 3-year low after poor first half results.
Glencore’s almost one-third drop in core profit, allied to lower copper prices, pulled mining firms lower. That was offset by gains in healthcare and consumer goods stocks, leaving the FTSE 100 <.FTSE> blue chip index largely unchanged.
The mid-cap FTSE 250 <.FTMC> rose 0.3% by 0706 GMT, helped by a post-earnings jump in Ultra Electronic <ULE.L>.
(Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)