The FTSE 100 share index has finished on a record closing high for the second day in a row, thanks to a rally from precious metal stocks.
It closed at 7120, up 14 points on Wednesday.
The traditional Christmas period “Santa Rally” has seen the share index come close to reaching its highest level ever.
The all-time record of 7129 was achieved in mid-session trading on 11 October.
The FTSE 100’s strong performance has been linked by experts to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
The collapse in the value of Sterling since June’s referendum has proved a boon for multi-national companies.
Many are listed on the FTSE 100, and tend to benefit from earnings listed in foreign currencies, like the US dollar, which are currently stronger than the pound.
Shares in gold miners Fresnillo and Randgold Resources helped the market, climbing by more than 4%.
In Europe, both Germany’s Dax and the Cac 40 in France closed down 0.2%.
Source : Sky News