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All eyes over the coming week would be on the Federal Reserve's policy meeting and the latest monthly non-farm payrolls report in the US.
European stocks were little changed for the most part on Friday although investor sentiment was boosted by news that German auto-supplier Bosch agreed to increase its shareholding in Sweden's Husqvarna.
London stocks finished the week on a positive note as investors as investors digested slightly weaker than expected consumption data and softer readings for inflation expectations in the US.
The US consumer spent with a bit less abandon towards the end of 2022 even as price pressures continued to ebb as anticipated.
Consumer confidence in the US rose a bit more than initially thought at the beginning of 2023, the results of a closely survey revealed.
Stocks markets across Asia advanced at the end of the week, although gains were restrained despite the solid performance put in overnight by Wall Street.
Avon Protection reported moderate growth in sales for the first quarter of its financial year and predicted that FY 2023 would be a "good" year.
Rolls Royce's new boss told staff the engineering group was a "burning platform".
Paragon Banking Group raised its guidance for net interest margins in the 2023 fiscal year.
Wall Street's main market indices put in solid gains on Thursday following the release of a raft of data that many economists said kept the hopes of a soft landing alive.
Cyclicals did best on Wednesday following the release of US fourth quarter gross domestic product data that many economists said kept hopes for a 'soft landing' in the US alive.
European shares were higher on Thursday as the corporate results dump continued, with solid earnings underpinning sentiment, although Polymetal lost its shine as it mulled moving its London listing.
London stocks were modestly higher on Thursday amid well-received updates from the likes of 3i or Intermediate Capital Group.
A director of Taseko Mining sold options in shares of the copper mining outfit.
All eyes at the end of the week would remain fixated on the US where the last two key inflation readings before the next Federal Reserve policy meeting - on the following Tuesday and Wednesday - would be published.
RBC Capital Markets downgraded its stance on online supermarket Ocado and fast-fashion retailer Boohoo on Thursday.
Jobless claims data in the US revealed that firms continued to hold onto workers although hiring appeared to be reversing the gains seen over the Christmas holidays.
The US economy expanded a tad more quickly than expected during the fourth quarter of 2022, boosted in part by inventory rebuilding.
Wall Street's main market indices gave up early gains and were last trading around the unchanged mark following the release of a barrage of economic data.
Orders in the US for goods made to last more than three years surged at the end of 2022.