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Barratt Developments fared best after analysts at Berenberg revised their target price for the company higher, from 650. 0p to 670. 0p, with those at Morgan Stanley close behind and upping their target from 625. 0p to 675. 0p.
Diploma topped gains on Thursday, as markets cheered the specialised technical products and services supplier's foray across the Pond to scoop-up Virginia Sealing Products for £56. 0m.
The London stock market's main market gauges have turned mixed, with the the Footsie weighed down by pound strength despite increasing 'market chatter' around the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit.
Investors will continue to be focused on the headlines around the ongoing US-China trade stand-off and America's central bank at the end of the week.
Shares on the Continent finished mostly lower on the back of concerns that trade frictions with the US might worsen, strength in the euro throughout much of the day.
Shares on the Continent were off their best levels come midday, amid concerns that trade frictions with the US might worsen and as the euro gained in value following the 'dovish' signals from the US central bank chief the day before.
London listed shares turned in another mixed session on Thursday with the the Footsie weighed down by pound strength and amid increasing 'market chatter' around the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit.
Berenberg downgraded its recommendation for shares of Sumo from 'buy' to 'hold', telling clients the in the medium-term, the best placed publishing companies in the UK Games sector would be those that managed to keep their intellectual property close to their chests.
US consumer prices rose a tad more quickly than expected in June amid sharp increases in the prices of used cars and trucks, and apparel.
Initial jobless claims in the US declined more sharply than anticipated over the week covering the 4 July holiday.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley bumped up their target price for shares of Barratt Developments from 625. 0p to 675. 0p, following what they termed a "robust" full-year trading update and inexpensive valuation relative to peers, but remained a tad more cautious than the company when looking out to the medium-term.
Consumer prices in Germany rose more quickly than expected last month, revised data showed.
Shares in London are moving slightly higher in early trading, tracking gains made by stocks overnight on Wall Street after the head of the US central bank signalled that interest rate cuts were indeed on the table, leaving traders wondering if even a 50 basis point reduction might be possible at the end of the month.
Shares on the Continent are moving higher as investors wait on the minutes of the European Central Bank's last policy meeting following the unexpectedly dovish signals sent out by the head of the US central bank overnight.
Shares in London are set for a slightly higher start on Thursday morning, tracking gains overnight on Wall Street after the US central bank signalled that interest rate cuts were on the table.