FTSE 100: 6921.94 ▼ -30.65 (-0.44%)
The FTSE 100 has swung into gains, buoyed by robust US jobs data that nevertheless calmed fears of faster interest rate rises by the Federal Reserve.
The UK blue-chip index jumped 15 points, or 0.2%, higher to 7,219 points, having spent the bulk of the session in the red before the release of US non-farm payrolls.
February saw 313,000 jobs added, smashing forecasts of 205,000, but wage growth slowed to 2.6%. January's 2.9% reading had sparked a global market sell-off on fears of higher inflation and interest rates, and has now been revised down to 2.8%.
'The fact that we saw wage growth slow to 2.6% from 2.9% would suggest that there is much more slack in this particular jobs market than most people think,' said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK.
'This would suggest that those calls for four rate rises this year may well be a little bit premature.'
In the US, markets opened higher, with the Dow Jones and the broader S&P 500 both rising 0.6%.
The FTSE 100's bounce comes at the end of a decent week for the FTSE 100, largely driven by Tuesday's bounce on growing opposition to US president Donald Trump's plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
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