LONDON -- U.K. shares finished with a good deal more fans than they had at the start of the week, although market makers are a little unsure whether Thursday's and Friday's performance was an adjustment that ended with a positive bias or the start of a new bull trend.
index ended 118.8 points higher, or 1.8%, at 6569.9, and the
index of leading technology stocks was up 238.3 points, or 5.7%, at 4395.1.
A positive influence from U.S. markets certainly helped, but most of the drive came from tech, media and telecom stocks.
celebrated news of record first-quarter sales and a full listing with a gain of 10.37 pounds, or 54.6%, to 29.37 pounds ($46.40), and
jumped 10.17 pounds, or 15.0%, to 86.00 pounds.
climbed 646p, or 17.5%, to 43.5 pounds, and
weighed in with a gain of 471p, or 32.5%, to 19.80 pounds.
However, all of the combined volume wouldn't equate to half an hour's trading in
, which ended up 13p, or 3.6%, at 356.
In media, the big news was
combine its TV interests with
. Pearson closed up 267p, or 13.0%, at 23.21 pounds, and this boosted other media stocks such as
, up 121p, or 11.0%, to 12.85 pounds.
Europe's Continental stock markets closed out the week on a positive note, also boosted by tech, media and telecom stocks. The
in Frankfurt closed up 75.99, or 1.0%, at 7522.20, and the
in Paris finished 84.02 higher, or 1.4%, at 6308.04.
In Frankfurt, gains for technology stocks were enough to offset slumping financial shares.
finished up 4.95 euros, or 3.4%, at 150.00 ($144.00), and
closed 10 euros higher, or 1.4%, at 744.
continued a string of great sessions, closing up 9.58 euros, or 7.6%, at 136.40.
was finally able to stop its fall after calling off its
. Deutsche ended up 0.60 euro, or 0.8%, at 78.10, but Dresdner continued to slide, falling 2.28 euros, or 4.8%, to 45.85.
closed up 4.20 euros, or 2.5%, at 169.70.
was up 0.47 euro, or 0.6%, at 79, and
was 0.73 euro higher, or 2.9%, at 26.13.