At 6:35 AM EST on August 16, 2017, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,429.50. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) fell 0.33% to $33.5 on August 15.
European shares were on track for their best week since late April on Wednesday, gaining almost 1 percent on forecast-beating growth data, rising metals prices and a weakening euro. Metals markets were buoyant, with the price of zinc, used to galvanise steel, hitting its highest in a decade on Chinese infrastructure demand and boosting mining company shares.
European stocks were higher on Wednesday, as geopolitical tensions regarding the Korean peninsula eased and investors tracked a muted performance overnight on Wall Street.