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Investors' attention over the coming week will be split between the US corporate earnings season and key economic data out of China and the UK.
European shares finished higher on Friday as strong US corporate earnings overnight helped to drive sentiment.
Americans´ confidence in the economy and the political landscape remained near its post-pandemic lows, in part due to downbeat assessments of government economic policies, the results of a closely-followed survey showed.
The severe drought hitting Brazil has resulted in soaring demand for natural gas to generate electricity, feeding the global gas shortage.
Goldman Sachs beat Wall Street analysts' estimates for its third quarter by a mile with stronger-than-expected performances in nearly all of its main segments of activity.
Americans unexpectedly resumed splashing out on goods and services last month.
People's Bank of China looked to assuage concerns in financial markets around stricken real estate giant China Evergrande Group.
Bens Creek Group has raised fresh capital ahead of its expected flotation on the London Stock Exchange's junior market.
Energy storage and clean fuel specialist ITM Power's placing of new shares was oversubscribed.
Jupiter Fund Management reported a small increase in its total assets under management despite the weak start to its third quarter, with a defensive bias apparent in its clients' moves.
European stocks extended their gains on Thursday as miners led the way and investors put aside worries over inflationary pressures and supply-chain issues.
Financial markets' attention at the end of the week will be squarely on the release of a raft of economic indicators in the US.
Wholesale inflation in the US rose a bit less quickly than anticipated last month, despite big jumps for energy and food prices.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment clams undershot forecasts again last week, retreating to their lowest level since near the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wells Fargo posted better-than-expected income and profits for its recently ended quarter thanks to sharp declines in costs and provisions.
Morgan Stanley hiked its target prices for European oil majors' shares, telling clients that they were set to generate "high" levels of free cash flow, deleverage their balance sheets "fast" and in turn to increase their shareholder distributions.
HSBC analysts downgraded their recommendation for shares of Fevertree from 'buy' to 'hold', telling clients that they now saw "limited upside" in the share price.
The focus in financial markets on Tuesday will be on the latest UK labour market data, which is expected to show a dip in the rate of unemployment and a modest slowdown in wage growth.
European stocks finished on a mixed note on Monday as investors fretted about persistent inflationary pressures even as rising commodity prices lifted mining and energy shares.
Equity strategists at JP Morgan reiterated their forecast for a "significant" internal rotation heading into year-end, further telling clients that fears of stagflation might soon ease and that weakness in stock market indices was unlikely to last.