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European shares powered ahead at midday on Tuesday, driven by Covid-19 vaccine hopes, optimism around the transition of the US presidency and takeover news in Scandinavia.
Pets at Home shares failed to find favour with investors on Tuesday, despite reporting a solid rise in profits for the half year as analysts at Shore Capital placed the stock under review.
Pets at Home Group reported higher interim profits and maintained its dividend after a strong second quarter as locked down Britons sought solace in their furry friends during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contract catering giant Compass forecast a 2. 5% underlying operating margin in the first quarter of 2021 as annual profits were almost wiped out due to the closure of half its business during the coronavirus pandemic.
Surging travel stocks helped push European markets higher at the opening on Tuesday, spurred on by fresh Covid-19 vaccine hopes and news that US President-elect Joe Biden can officially start his transition to power.
European shares pared back early gains on Monday after positive news from a third Covid-19 vaccine had boosted investor hopes.
The European Commission said it had extended its deadline for a ruling on the London Stock Exchange’s $27bn takeover of financial data business Refinitiv by four days to January 21.
European shares were higher at the start of Monday’s session on more Covid-19 vaccine news.
Infrastructure investor group John Laing said it had spent $38. 6m (£29m) increasing its stake in a US road project.
London-listed Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk said it had appointed of KPMG to investigate related-party transactions undertaken by the company over the last three years.
German business park specialist Sirius Real Estate lifted its dividend as reported a fall in half-year profits.
European stocks remained firmer at lunch on Friday after modest gains on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on a potential spat between the US Federal Reserve and the Treasury.
European stocks opened the final session of the week slightly higher after modest gains on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on a potential spat between the US Federal Reserve and the Treasury.
Nationwide Building Society reported a strong rise in half-year profits despite a £139m Covid-19 impairment charge.
Accounting software firm Sage lifted its dividend as it reported a 8. 5% rise in organic recurring revenue to £1. 6bn, driven by growth from existing and new customers, in North America and Northern Europe.
Safety equipment maker Halma revised its full-year profit forecasts and lifted its interim dividend as order intake in the second half rose year on year.
European shares were lower at midday as investors fretted over rising coronavirus deaths Japan, the US and Continent.
B&Q owner Kingfisher reported a strong rise in third quarter sales driven by online demand as consumers spent the coronavirus lockdown improving their homes.
Eyewear maker Inspecs said it was buying German rival Eschenbach for €94. 8m (£85m) as it looks to become a major player on the global market.
European shares opened the session in glum mood on Thursday as news that schools in New York were closing in response to a surge in coronavirus cases and a rise in deaths on the Continent hit sentiment.