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Unilever is reportedly planning to slash several thousand management positions.
European shares were walloped at the start of the week amid rising tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine, even as investors were aleady fretting about the pace of potential interest rate hikes in the US.
The market spotlight on Tuesday will be on the UK government's finances at the end of 2021 and an update from US technology giant Microsoft.
The arrival of the Omicron variant in the US brought activity in the country's services sector to a near standstill, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Economic activity in euro area services slowed more sharply than expected in January as renewed Covid-19 restrictions on account of Omicron led to a marked slowdown, the results of closely-followed surveys revealed.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley sounded a 'bullish' note on the outlook for the FTSE 100, highlighting its greater 'defensive' properties relative to rivals, higher dividend yields versus global peers, exposure to energy and record low expectations for growth in the profits of its constituent companies.
The market spotlight over the coming week will be squarely on the US Federal Reserve meets to decide on policy.
The Financial Mail on Sunday's Midas column touted shares of Hargreaves Services to readers, telling them that the now transformed business was "robust" and "resilient".
Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners has reportedly built up a stake in Unilever, which will likely pile on the pressure after the consumer goods giant's failed £50bn bid for GlaxoSmithKline's consumer health unit. The size of the stake, which was first reported by the Financial Times, is not known. Peltz had retired from the board of US-based rival Procter&Gamble just a few months before, but not before pushing for change that helped boost P&G's shares up by 85%.
European stocks were again registering sharp losses on Friday as stocks in the US and Asia fell back overnight triggered by rate rise fears and as poor corporate results dampened sentiment.
London stocks fell at the end of the week amid investors' jitters around the prospects for policy tightening by the US central bank and after the Office of National Statistics reported that UK retail sales cratered at the end of 2021.
Stocks across the Asia Pacific region were mostly lower at the end of the week caught as they were by the ongoing correction in the US technology space.
Russia's top diplomat to the European Union hopes that talks with the US on Friday in Geneva will help ease current tensions.
London stocks were holding lower come midday amid investors' jitters around the prospects for policy tightening by the US central bank and after the Office of National Statistics reported that UK retail sales cratered at the end of 2021.
Stocks were set for a lower open tracking losses on Wall Street and as bracers positioned themselves ahead of the US central bank's policy meeting during the following week.
London stocks were getting walloped at the open as investors' jitters around the prospects for policy tightening by the US central bank continued and after the Office of National Statistics reported that UK retail sales cratered at the end of 2021.
In times of market dislocation, it rises sharply to reflect the difficulties in transporting goods — and during the pandemic it has done little else but rise, peaking at more than 5,700. [. ] That peak in the Baltic Dry Index was hit on October 7. Since then, the index has fallen sharply, halving within a month. Though it jumped in the run-up to Christmas, it has dropped back again since. Yesterday it fell further, its tenth consecutive daily decline, to 1,570.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on UK retail sales figures for the month of December.
S4 Capital's executive chairman and founder continued picking up shares in the digital advertising and marketing company that he founded.
London's top-flight index was little changed at the end of the session on Thursday amid light profit-taking and alongside a small advance for Sterling, although some analysts in the City said that news overnight that China had cut lending rates was well-received.