Energy shares bolster FTSE 100
(Close:) Energy shares helped to strengthen the London market on Tuesday as oil prices stabilised.
After touching 11-year lows of just above $36 a barrel on Monday, Brent crude recovered to $36.45 a barrel.
At the close, the benchmark FTSE 100 was up 48.26 points, or 0.8%, at 6,083.10.
Shares in ITV fell 1% after US firm Comcast denied it was interested in bidding for the UK broadcaster. ITV's shares had jumped 4% on Monday on reports Comcast was eyeing the firm.
Shares of retailers came under pressure on worries over the strength of festive sales. Marks and Spencer dropped more than 1% and Next slipped 0.35% after Nomura cut its price targets for both companies.