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FTSE Shares That Soared and Plunged This Week

By Alan Oscroft - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:30PM

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A look back at the week in London.

LONDON -- The FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE) had an almost clean sweep of positive sessions this week, before falling back a little on Friday to close at 6,384 points. But it still gained a healthy 135 points over the week, touching a high point of 6,424 on Thursday. And with the top U.K. index having reached a five-year high of 6,534 points on March 12, London is still in a general bullish mood.

Here are four of the biggest-moving FTSE 100 stocks this week.

Marks & Spencer (MKS -0.90%)
High Street department-store chain Marks & Spencer has been going through a touch patch, but an Easter shopping week that was billed as its best ever helped push the stock up 23 pence (6.1%) to reach 400 pence. Group sales for the fourth quarter gained 3.1% year on year, with U.K. sales managing a 2.6% rise. We were also told that "despite the macro-economic issues in some of the legacy markets, our performance in Europe improved in the quarter."

Antofagasta (ANTO 4.59%)
The FTSE's big mining stocks have had a hard few weeks as fears of a slowdown in Chinese demand have been weighing heavily. But positive news from China of lower-than-expected inflation gave them a boost this week, with Antofagasta one of the biggest winners. The copper miner saw its price rise 52 pence (5.4%) to 1,013 pence, but it's still down more than 25% since early January.

Barclays (BARC 2.74%)
The U.K.'s beleaguered banks have been recovering pretty well since the middle of last year, with Barclays leading the way this week by perking up 19 pence (6.9%) to finish Friday at 299 pence. The price is still down a little from the 52-week high of 330 pence set in early February, but it has still more than doubled from last July's 12-month low point of 148 pence.

Evraz (EVR -12.59%)
Evraz was the biggest loser in the FTSE 100 this week, dropping 10.5 pence (5.5%) to 183 pence after declaring a full-year loss and scrapping its final dividend. The Russia-based steelmaker, part-owned by Chelsea soccer owner Roman Abramovich, was hit by falling steel prices and weak markets and turned in a $106 million pre-tax loss for the year to December 2012 -- after enjoying a profit of $873 million the previous year.

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Barclays PLC Stock Quote
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Marks and Spencer Group plc Stock Quote
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MKS
$143.00 (-0.90%) $-1.30
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Antofagasta plc Stock Quote
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