U.K. Shares Extend Gain, Bolstered by Impressive Earnings Results

U.K. shares jumped higher on Tuesday, extending their gains after closing July higher. The overall performance was supported by upbeat earnings reports from the oil major and the engine manufacturer such as BP PLC and Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC.

The FTSE 100 index soared more than 0.7 percent on Tuesday to trade at 7430.00 after having a July rise of 0.8%. Direct Line Insurance Group PLC led gains with shares sharply surging more than 7%. Shares of the motor insurance provider were boosted higher after the company posted a rise in first-half net profit to £275.5 million ($363.7 million) and raised its interim dividend.

Shares of BP PLC were among market leaders as the oil producer announced that it returned to profit in the second quarter of $553 million. While shares of BP PLC added nearly 3 percent, those of Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC took off nearly 10% after the aircraft engine maker reported a first-half net profit of £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion).

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