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London’s FTSE 250 was 0. 5% higher at 22,978. 27 in afternoon trade on Friday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 5% at 7,241. 59 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Credit Suisse slashed its price target on Asos on Friday to 4,680p from 6,050p as it trimmed its forecasts in line with guidance after full-year results exposed greater cyclical pressures than expected, compounded by the slow progress to update systems.
Charles Randell will step down as chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) next spring.
London stocks were still in the black by midday on Friday as earnings optimism helped to offset concerns about inflation.
Berenberg upgrade its stance on a host of oil and gas stocks on Friday - including BP - as it argued that share prices across the oil sector remain cheap, with further consensus upgrades to come as higher commodity prices are reflected in estimates.
Land Securities said on Friday that its rent collection rates continue to improve.
Kitchenware brand ProCook said on Friday that it’s considering an initial public offering on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
London stocks rose in early trade on Friday following an upbeat session on Wall Street, as earnings optimism helped to offset concerns about inflation.
Shares of recently-floated Oxford Nanopore surged on Friday after the genome sequencing company lifted its revenue growth guidance for the current financial year for its core Life Science Research Tools (LSRT) business.
Investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown reported an uptick in first-quarter assets under management on Friday but a dip in revenue as share dealing volumes declined following lockdown.
London stocks were set to rise at the open on Friday following an upbeat session on Wall Street.
The government has stepped in to counter a spiralling crisis on pig farms by allowing butchers to enter the UK on temporary visas, in the latest reversal of post-Brexit immigration policy. Butchers in abattoirs and meat processing plants dealing with pigs will be allowed to come to work in Britain for six months, the environment secretary, George Eustice, announced on Thursday evening. He said 800 butchers were needed to meet staffing shortages and get the situation under control.
London’s FTSE 250 was 0. 9% higher at 22,848. 65 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 9% at 7,205. 66 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Morgan Stanley’s third-quarter results beat expectations on Thursday as it posted record revenues for the investment banking business.
Jefferies downgraded Johnson Matthey to ‘underperform’ from ‘buy’ on Thursday and cut the price target to 2,300p from 4,200p, saying it expects the shares to underperform as the company's automotive catalyst business remains weak.
Online estate agent Purplebricks said on Thursday that chief financial officer Andy Botha will step down at the end of the month.
London stocks were still firmly in the black by midday on Thursday as concerns about inflation eased, with miners pacing the advance.
Automotive retail group Marshall Motor has announced the acquisition of Motorline for £64. 5m in cash.