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In her ‘Inside the City’ column for the Sunday Times, Emma Dunkley mused about how an uncertain economic outlook, low interest rates and increasing competition in the mortgage market was making it an interesting time to be a banker.
Tory heavyweights today demand an end to the “virus of extremism” that has divided the country and left the Conservative Party trailing in fourth place in two opinion polls for the European elections. The former prime minister Sir John Major and former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine issued last-ditch pleas for a return to the centre ground on the eve of Thursday’s elections, in which support for the two main parties has fallen to historic lows. - The Sunday Times.
Immersive virtual reality company Immotion Group announced the signing of a $0. 5m VR and immersive content creation contract with Amsterdam-based global family entertainment specialist iP2Entertainment on Friday.
North Africa-focused oil and gas company SDX Energy issued its financial and operating results for the three months ended 31 March on Friday, reporting first quarter production of 3,715 barrels of oil per day (boepd), which was an increase of 22% year-on-year.
Franchised sales and lettings agency business Hunters Property updated the market on its trading on Friday, reporting that so far this year it has opened seven new branches, compared to three in the same period last year.
Pan African Resources updated the market on its trading for the nine months ended 31 March on Friday, reporting that its performance over the period reflected its efforts to maintain itself as a “safe, low-cost and long-life” gold producer.
Markets in Asia were mixed on Friday, with shares in China stumbling amid the ongoing trade war between the US and China.
First Derivatives announced on Friday that its chief executive officer Brian Conlon has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Personal care and beauty products company Creightons updated the market on its trading on Friday, reporting that sales in the second half of the year ended 31 March were likely to be “broadly similar” to those for the first half.
Regional office and industrial property investment company Regional REIT announced on Friday that it was considering an equity fundraise to take advantage of its growing near-term pipeline of opportunities in the investment market.
UK Oil & Gas announced on Friday that, following a successful week-long pressure build-up test (PBU), the aggregate total Portland oil production at the Horse Hill oil field now exceeded 20,500 barrels.
Performance ceramic manufacturer Churchill China continued to enjoy “good” trading levels across its business on Friday, as its investors gathered for their annual general meeting.
Ferry operator Irish Continental Group updated the market on carryings for the year to date to 11 May and financial information for the first four months of 2019 on Friday, reporting consolidated group revenue of €102. 3m - an increase of 6. 1%.
Non-EU arrivals to the United Kingdom won’t have to remember their pen from next week, with landing cards set to be scrapped.
Drax Group announced on Friday that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Drax Finco has completed and settled its offering of US dollar-denominated 6. 625% senior secured notes due 2025, in an aggregate principal amount of $200m.
Eatery operator The Restaurant Group said its current trading was in line with its own expectations on Friday, with group like-for-like sales for the 19 weeks ended 12 May ahead 2. 8%, as its investors gathered for their annual general meeting.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 31 points lower on Friday, having closed up 0. 78% at 7,353. 51 on Thursday.
Wall Street trading finished in the green on Thursday, extending their gains from a decent session on Wednesday.
Hemodynamic monitoring company LiDCO said it had made a “good start” to the year on Thursday, with first quarter revenues said to be “well ahead” of the same time last year, and above the board’s expectations.
Music, video and copyright technology intellectual property rights company One Media iP Group told shareholders in Thursday that it was pleased with continued development following a year of “strategic progress” in 2018.