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First time unemployment claims in the US registered a moderate and unexpected rise last week.
Investors' attention will be squarely on the UK Spending Review on Wednesday and updated economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
European shares powered ahead on Tuesday, driven by Covid-19 vaccine hopes, optimism around the transition of the US presidency and takeover news in Scandinavia.
Britain and Europe's automobile industry could yet be dealt another severe blow if Brussels and London cannot reach a Brexit deal and weaken the sector's ability to keep pace with the revolution towards green technology, the country's lobby group for the sector said.
US house prices continued rising at a brisk clip in September, according to the results of a closely-followed survey.
Analysts at Bank of America sounded a very positive note on shares of Investec, highlighting a slew of factors which pointed to a potential total shareholder return of 17%, helped not least by a "now relevant" dividend yield of greater than 6%.
UDG Healthcare posted a sharper than expected rise in full-year profits on the back of "strong" growth at its Sharp unit, which focuses on contract clinical, manufacturing and packaging, and is heavily involved in efforts to squash Covid-19.
Phoenix Group Holdings confirmed press speculation regarding the possible sale of its European businesses.
The General Services Administration has ascertained that the Democratic party's Joe Biden was the "apparent winner" of the US presidential elections, in effect signalling the start of the transition period between the Trump administration and his own.
Oil and Defence stocks were among the strongest areas of the market at the start of the week buoyed by hopes that a prompt rollout of Covid-19 vaccines might offset the near-term risks to growth from the second wave of the pandemic, and if not immediately then over the course of 2021.
Financial markets will be focused on Tuesday on the IFO institute's closely-followed business confidence gauge for November.
European shares pared early gains on Monday even after positive news around AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine.
Leisure and Travel-related stocks paced gains on the second-tier index at the start of the week, after AstraZeneca and Oxford University presented interim clinical trial data showing 70% efficacy for the Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
The fourth wave of Covid-19 infections in the US failed to dent the economic rebound in the US, the results of two closely-followed surveys revealed.
Analysts at JP Morgan sounded a particularly positive note on the outlook for Barclays and NatWest Group after Bloomberg reported at the weekend that the Prudential Regulatory Authority would consider easing their resistance to dividend payouts from UK lenders on a case-by-case basis.
UK regulators may be set to ease their resistance to dividend payments starting from early 2021.
Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust will pursue an initial public sale of stock with the aim of becoming the first listed investment company delivering a measurable positive "high" social impact.
Film studios Warner Brothers's decision to debut its next blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 in cinemas won't be enough to turn around the fortunes of Cineworld, The Sunday Times's Sabah Meddings said.
Financial markets' focus over the coming week will be on Wednesday's Spending Review and updated economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Britain will lose billions of pounds of investment and thousands of jobs unless it reverses its hostility to China, an influential lobby group for Chinese businesses has warned. In the most stark public intervention yet, the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK — which represents companies including Huawei, ZTE and Air China — said there could also be a consumer backlash against British companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Burberry, which are heavily reliant on China’s middle-class customers.