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Capita's finance chief, Patrick Butcher, picked up a large batch of stock in the troubled outsourcer on Thursday.
London stocks finished on a mixed note on Thursday, with some investors visibly more nervous as they moved to discount increased risks of a hard Brexit.
Stocks on the Continent were trading mostly lower with the market spotlight firmly on the UK as investors gear up for what might be a wholly 'hard' exit of Britain from the European Union at the end of next week.
Perhaps the most widely-followed regional manufacturing gauge in the US rebounded sharply in March, but according to economists continued to point to an ongoing slowdown.
US jobless claims, one of the most closely-followed indicators of the health of the jobs market, dropped more sharply than expected over the preceding week.
The Monetary Policy Committee chose to stay put on policy, continuing to guide markets towards gradual hikes in Bank Rate, even as it noted how uncertainty around Brexit might be distorting the signals coming from recent economic data.
The market spotlight will continue to be firmly on all things Brexit on Thursday, as the European Union leaders' summit kicks-off in Strasbourg.
Stocks on the Continent fell going into the US central bank's policy announcement on Wednesday evening, weighed down by very weak corporate updates coming from both sides of the Atlantic.
London stocks dipped on Wednesday, with a drop in sterling unable to stem the selling as investors were suddenly faced with the prospect of further key votes in Parliament on Brexit as soon as the following week.
Wall Street's main stockmarket gauges were moving lower on Wednesday as investors opt to stay on the sidelines ahead of the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve.
US crude oil inventories shrank sharply during the preceding week as exports and refinery activity picked up.
Holland's coalition government is at risk of losing its Senate majority in provincial elections due to be held on Wednesday evening as the Eurosceptic Forum for Democracy climbs in the polls.
International courier services and air freight giant FedEx reported a sharp drop in both sales and profits for its third quarter, blaming its weaker-than-expected performance on its international arm.
Stocks on the Continent are holding mostly lower, weighed down by very weak corporate updates coming from both sides of the Atlantic, even as investors wait on the results of the US central bank's policy meeting later in the day.
Shares of Bayer were unwanted on Wednesday after a California jury issued a preliminary ruling against the German chemicals maker.
Stocks on the Continent have started the morning weaker, weighed down by very weak corporate updates coming from both sides of the Atlantic, even as investors wait on the results of the US central bank's policy meeting later in the day.
Commodity prices edged higher on Tuesday, with base metals pacing gains as the Greenback drifted lower ahead of the Federal Reserve's next policy meeting.
Stocks on the Continent finished higher on the back of an unexpectedly strong reading on analyst sentiment towards Germany, helped by some positive headlines around Brexit and US-China trade talks.
Barring surprise developments on the Brexit front - or elsewhere - the market spotlight will shift towards the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday.
Analyst at Peel Hunt downgraded their recommendation on stock in Polypipe following the recent sharp run-up in the share price.