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Stocks finished slightly lower as investors continued to monitor the headlines around the ongoing trade war between the US and China while keeping an eye on the news flow on Brexit.
All eyes on Thursday will be on the start of voting for MEPs to the European Parliament.
A top US central bank official does not see strong enough arguments at the moment to either raise or lower interest rates.
One of the more 'dovish' rate-setters at the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the US central bank may want to consider interest rate cuts if inflation readings continue to disappoint.
Stocks are trading slightly lower come midday as investors continue monitor the headlines around the ongoing trade war between the US and China and keep an eye on the news flow on Brexit.
Barrick Gold has offered to buy the remainder of Acacia Mining at a discount arguing that it was a necessary step in order to unblock the dispute between the miner and the government of Tanzania.
Analysts at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch reiterated their 'underperform' recommendation for shares of Lloyds on Wednesday, pointing to a £2. 0bn revenue headwind for the lender as it tries to manage the trade-off between growing its mortgage volumes and sustaining it net interest margin in the face of increased competition in the space and as expectations for interest rate increases continue to get pushed back.
The focus on Wednesday will be on the US central bank, with three top Federal Reserve officials set to take to the podium ahead of the release of the latest set of Fed minutes later in the evening.
Stocks on the Continent bounced back from the the previous day's drubbing on Tuesday after the US administration decided overnight to ease its restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei for three months.
London stocks edged higher on Tuesday on Tuesday, as investors digested the Prime Minister's offer to MPs of a possible second referendum on Brexit, subject to Parliament's approval, but only if they first backed her own proposed withdrawal bill.
Stocks on the Continent are bouncing back from the the previous day's thrashing after the US administration decided overnight to ease its restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei for three months.
City Pub Group reported a jump in sales on Monday for the 19 weeks to 12 May, as it said it's on track to meet expectations for the year.
Commodity prices were mostly lower on Monday as concerns over the stalemate in US-China trade talks engulfed technology shares across the globe after Washington threatened, last Friday, to cut off Chinese tech champion Huawei's access to US-made components.
Stock markets across the Continent sustained heavy losses following a rout in the technology sector after the US blacklisted Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei last Friday, banning US companies, including chipmakers, from supplying it with much needed components.
Sterling was little changed at the start of the week, as investors bid their time ahead of the European parliamentary elections, which some - albeit not all - observers said would serve as a proxy vote on Brexit.
London stocks slipped, led lower by weakness in the housebuilding sector, as worries about Brexit and Sino-US relations weighed on investor sentiment.
Investors are likely to focus on the Bank of England's Mark Carney on Tuesday.
Stockmarkets across the Continent are seeing heavy losses amid a rout in the technology space after the US blacklisted Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei on Friday, banning US companies, including chipmakers, from supplying it with much needed components.
Shares of Thomas Cook are coming under continued selling pressure at the start of the week, at least in part after Sky News reported that a payments intermediary in Scandinavia was negotiating holding onto holidaymakers' cash for several weeks instead of two days.
Stockmarkets across the Continent have started the morning slightly lower as investors bide their time ahead of the elections to the European Parliament next weekend.