U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Mining, Fixed Line Telecommunications and Industrial Engineering sectors led shares lower. At the close in London, the FTSE 100 fell 0.58%. The best performers of the session on the FTSE 100 were Carnival (LONDON:CCL), which rose 7.18% or 217.00 points to trade at 3241.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Intercontinental Hotels Group (LONDON:IHG) added 2.76% or 71.00 points to end at 2640.00 and Shire Plc (LONDON:SHP) was up 2.17% or 115.00 points to 5425.00 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Tullow Oil Plc (LONDON:TLW), which fell 3.86% or 11.90 points to trade at 296.40 at the close. Weir Group (LONDON:WEIR) declined 3.54% or 63.00 points to end at 1714.00 and Sports Direct Intl Plc (LONDON:SPD) was down 3.04% or 19.50 points to 621.50. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1279 to 784 and 417 ended unchanged. Shares in Carnival (LONDON:CCL) rose to 5-year highs; up 7.18% or 217.00 to 3241.00. Gold for April delivery was down 0.48% or 5.80 to $1199.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 3.15% or 1.62 to hit $49.81 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.53% or 1.50 to trade at $57.70 a barrel. GBP/USD was up 0.33% to 1.4898, while EUR/GBP fell 0.05% to 0.7326. The US Dollar Index was down 0.10% at 97.44.