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* FTSE 100 up 0.5%, FTSE 250 down 0.1%
* BP , Shell jump - tracking higher oil prices
April 2 (Reuters) - Higher oil prices lifted UK's commodity-heavy FTSE 100 on Thursday, although the mood was fragile as Britain saw a record surge in deaths from the coronavirus pandemic that threatens to plunge the world economy into a deep recession.
BP BP.L and Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L gained more than 4%, as oil prices surged after U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected Saudi Arabia and Russia to reach a deal soon to end their oil price war. O/R
That helped the FTSE 100 .FTSE gain 0.5% by 0809 GMT, but midcap shares dropped 0.1%
After Wednesday's data showed factory activity contracted sharply in most parts of the world in March, investors are waiting for U.S. weekly jobless claims to see how bad the world's largest economy has been hit by the outbreak.
IAG-owned British Airways ICAG.L rose 1.7% after a source told Reuters they are in talks with its union about a plan to suspend around 32,000 staff in response to the pandemic.
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