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London’s FTSE 250 was down 1% at 21,090. 84 in afternoon trade on Friday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 8% at 6,701. 63 in afternoon trade on Friday.
US non-farm payrolls rose a lot more than expected in February as Covid cases fell and some restrictions were lifted, while the unemployment rate ticked lower, according to data released by the Labor Department on Friday.
Liberum upped its price target on shares of B&M European Value Retail to 650p from 600p on Friday following the company’s trading update a day earlier.
London stocks had reversed earlier losses to trade a touch higher by midday, helped along by strength in the banking and energy sectors, as investors eyed the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
AIM-listed Origin Enterprises said on Friday that it has bought Green-tech, a manufacturer and distributor of landscaping, forestry and grounds maintenance equipment, for an undisclosed sum.
Investment manager Rathbone Brothers said on Friday that non-executive chairman Mark Nicholls has decided to retire with immediate effect due to "unforeseen personal circumstances".
German factory orders rose more than expected in January, according to figures released by Destatis on Friday.
London stocks fell in early trade on Friday amid worries about inflation, as investors eyed the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
Senior said on Friday that it has sold its standalone, build-to-print helicopter structures operating business, Senior Aerospace Connecticut, to PCX Aerosystems for $74m (£53m).
ConvaTec posted a rise in full-year revenue but a dip in earnings after the pandemic created "both challenges and opportunities" for the medical products and technology company in 2020.
Student accommodation provider Unite Group announced on Friday that it was extending its 50% rent discount by an additional three weeks as it said that its discount and tenancy extension will impact rental income less than expected.
London stocks were set to fall at the open on Friday amid worries about inflation, as investors eyed the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
Business leaders have criticised Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, for shutting down the Industrial Strategy Council, the government’s in-house thinktank plotting the regeneration of Britain’s hard-pressed regions. The decision to disband the council, which was led by the Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, was called a “sad and bad” decision by Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Barratt Developments said on Thursday that Jessica White will step down as chief financial officer on 30 June for personal reasons and leave the housebuilder at the end of July.
Investment manager Rathbone Brothers hailed a strong investment performance on Thursday as it reported a jump in full-year funds under administration and profit.
Molten metal flow engineer Vesuvius posted a drop in full-year profit and revenue on Thursday as its performance was dented by the Covid crisis.
London stocks fell in early trade on Thursday amid a deluge of corporate news, as the selloff in bond markets resumed.
Building materials distributor CRH lifted its dividend on Thursday even as it reported a decline in full-year profit and revenue, after what it called a "challenging year", hit by disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Engineer Meggitt reported a slump in full-year profit on Thursday as it took a hit from the pandemic, and said it would not be recommending a dividend for 2020.