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London stocks managed to cling on to some of their gains to close just above the waterline on Friday, having slid from earlier highs through the afternoon amid ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The FTSE 100 ended the week down 133. 3 points at 6,159. 30.
Life sciences IT company Instem announced a proposed placing of new ordinary shares on Friday, to raise gross proceeds of around £15. 75m.
Non-life specialty insurance company Randall & Quilter announced the acquisition of a captive insurer domiciled in Vermont on Friday.
Online fashion retailer Sosandar announced the appointment of Stephen Dilks as its new finance director on Friday.
Investment company Kazera Global has increased its interest in African Tantalum (Aftan) to 100%, it announced on Friday, having acquired a further 25% interest.
Safety and regulatory compliance specialist Marlowe has conditionally agreed to acquire Elogbooks Facilities Management and Elogbooks Facilities Services for initial consideration of £7. 35m, it announced on Friday, on a cash-free, debt-free basis.
Most markets in Asia finished in positive territory on Friday on the back of a decent session on Wall Street overnight, even as Covid-19 infections continue to surge in the United States.
Gambling operator 888 Holdings said it expected full year earnings to be significantly ahead of expectations after sales leapt during the first six months of 2020.
Zanaga Iron Ore Company has entered into a subscription agreement with institutional investor Shard Merchant Capital (SMC), it announced on Friday.
Russia-focussed oil and gas exploration and production company Volga Gas updated the market on its formal sale process on Friday, reporting that a number of non-binding proposals had been received.
Colour cosmetics company Warpaint London said on Friday that its trading conditions remained “challenging” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
DP Poland updated the market on its trading on Friday, saying the year started “broadly in line” with management expectations.
Wind turbine sensor company Windar Photonics updated the market on its trading for 2019 on Friday, reporting a fall in revenue for the year to €1. 2m (£1. 08m), from €3. 5m in 2018.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 42 points higher on Friday, having closed up 0. 38% at 6,147. 14 on Thursday.