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Lockdowns, Brexit woes cap gains on London stocks

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London's FTSE 100 jumped 1% to snap a four-day losing streak on Friday, although gains were capped by Brexit-related uncertainty and new lockdowns to contain a resurgence in cases of the novel coronavirus.

By Devik Jain

Oct 16 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 jumped 1% to snap a four-day losing streak on Friday, although gains were capped by Brexit-related uncertainty and new lockdowns to contain a resurgence in cases of the novel coronavirus.

The blue-chip index .FTSE climbed 1.0%, led by pharmaceutical .FTNMX4570, aero .FTNMX2710, mining .FTNMX1770 and retail .FTNMX5330 stocks.

UK stocks had tumbled in the previous session as new restrictions were imposed in London against the backdrop of growing anger over the economic, social and health costs of the biggest curtailment of freedoms since World War Two.

But the mid-cap FTSE 250 index .FTMC rose 0.2% on Friday as investors awaited Prime Minister Boris Johnson's response to the European Union's demand that he either give more concessions to secure a trade deal or brace for a disorderly Brexit in three months.

"The fact that (the talks) are getting a little fraught at this stage probably isn't a surprise to most investors," said Richard Dunbar, head of multi-asset research at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

"In the end, the best outcome is likely to be a fairly narrow trade deal."

In company news, J D Wetherspoon Plc JDW.L tumbled 14.0% after the pub operator posted an annual loss and announced job cuts as it called for "sensible" government measures to contain the health crisis.

Jupiter Fund Management Plc JUP.L shed 1.8% after the asset manager suffered one billion pounds in net outflows in the third quarter.

Shares of oil major BP Plc BP.L rose 1.2% after falling to their lowest level since 1995 in the previous session.

Luxury goods maker Burberry Group Plc BRBY.L jumped 3.4% after the world's biggest luxury goods group, LVMH LVMH.PA, said recovering sales of Louis Vuitton handbags had helped it contain the fallout from the pandemic in the third quarter.

Man Group Plc EMG.L jumped 5.8% after the hedge fund manager reported a 4.4% rise in funds under management as of September-end aided by market recovery.

(Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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