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London stocks finished well into the red on Thursday, dipping below the 6,000 point level, following a disastrous GDP release from the United States, and disappointing results from the likes of Lloyds.
Europe-focussed lead-zinc and silver developer Europa Metals responded to a “significant increases” in its stock since the completion of its July general meeting on Thursday.
Commercial flooring company James Halstead updated the market on the financial year ended 30 June on Thursday, reporting a recovery in demand in its UK business, to around 80% of the prior year in June, and declaring a second interim dividend.
Adriatic Metals updated the market on its activities for the quarter ended 30 June on Thursday, noting that it entered into an arrangement agreement to acquire Tethyan Resource Corporation during the period, including advancing €1m (£0. 9m) under a convertible loan agreement.
Property investment and development company Harworth Group has appointed Lynda Shillaw to succeed Owen Michaelson as its chief executive officer, it announced on Thursday.
Omega Diagnostics updated the market on the work of the UK Rapid Test Consortium in the development of a Covid-19 ‘Abc-19’ lateral flow antibody test on Thursday, reporting that lead partner Abingdon Health has CE-marked the test for professional use.
Stobart Group said on Thursday that it was trading in line with management expectations, as London Southend Airport reopened to passenger flying and Stobart Energy was benefitting from a restart in construction work across the country, leading to increased availability of waste wood.
Markets in Asia finished in a mixed state on Thursday, as investors digested the latest policy statement from the US Federal Reserve overnight, which saw the US central bank stand pat on interest rates.
Restore reported a “resilient” financial performance in challenging conditions for its first half on Thursday, with “encouraging” increases in activity levels in May and June, although revenue fell 16% year-on-year to £89. 5m.
Recruitment firm Robert Walters reported a 21% fall in revenue at constant currency in its first half on Thursday, to £496. 4m, as it.
Greencoat UK Wind said on Thursday that its investments generated 1,494GWh of electricity in the first half, which was 2% ahead of budget, with a high wind resource in the first quarter being partially offset by a low wind resource in the second quarter.
Morgan Advanced Materials reported an 8. 8% fall in revenue on an organic, constant currency basis in its first half on Thursday, to £477. 8m, as its financial guidance remained suspended.
Kaz Minerals reported first half copper production of 153. 8 kt on Thursday, up 4% year-on-year, which it said was driven by high ore throughput and improved grades at Bozshakol.
Compass Group reported a 44% fall in organic revenue in its third quarter on Thursday, with revenue down 14% year-on-year in the first nine months overall.
AstraZeneca reported a 12% rise in total revenue in its first half on Thursday, or 14% at constant exchange rates, to $12. 63bn (£9. 75bn), with growth across all three of its therapy areas and in all of its regions.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 12 points higher on Thursday, having closed up 0. 036% at 6,131. 46 on Wednesday.
US stocks closed slightly higher on Wednesday as market participants digested the latest from the Federal Reserve, as it stood pat on interest rates late in the day.