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London stocks were still in the red by midday on Friday, even as sterling fell after Brexit talks between the government and the Labour party collapsed, increasing the risk of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Mike Ashley's Sports Direct said on Friday that it is in advanced talks to sell a freehold property in Shirebrook for just over £12m in cash.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 2% at 7,338. 71 in afternoon trade on Friday as investors mulled the collapse of cross-party Brexit talks.
Thomas Cook was under the cosh again on Friday a day after its shares tumbled on the back of a profit warning, as Citi downgraded it to 'sell' from 'neutral', arguing that the stock is basically worthless.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has agreed to buy supercomputer maker Cray in a deal valued at around $1. 3bn.
Sterling was under pressure on Friday, dropping below $1. 28 for the first time since February as it emerged that Brexit talks between the government and the Labour party have collapsed, increasing the risk of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Acacia Mining said on Friday that its North Mara mine has been issued with a fine for alleged historical breaches of environmental regulations in Tanzania.
London stocks were set to edge lower at the open on Friday following solid gains in the previous session amid renewed concerns about a possible hard Brexit.
London stocks edged lower in early trade on Friday following solid gains in the previous session, amid renewed concerns about a possible hard Brexit.
Shopping centre owner Capital & Regional reported "strong" leasing momentum on Friday as it welcomed further clarity around Debenhams.
Accounting software company Sage posted a drop in first-half adjusted operating profit on Friday, as it said revenue growth for 2019 is expected to be at the top end or slightly above its guidance range.
British Steel has staved off the threat of collapse, despite the government refusing its request to participate in a bailout, after the firm’s owners and lenders agreed to provide fresh funds. The deal, reached after talks at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), secures the immediate future of 4,500 staff, most of whom work at the company’s Scunthorpe steelworks, one of the last two left in the UK. – Guardian.
Metro Bank confirmed after the close of markets that it was looking to raise £350m in a placing at a discounted price of 500p a share.
London stocks ended in the green on Thursday, boosted by a weaker pound, as investors shrugged off heightening trade tensions between the US and China.
Thomas Cook shares tanked on Thursday as the company said losses widened in the first half of the year amid "challenging" trading conditions, warned over second-half earnings and confirmed that several bids had been received for all and part of its airline.
Sandwich chain Pret a Manger was on Thursday said to be close to a deal to buy smaller rival Eat.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 6% at 7,339. 00 in afternoon trade on Thursday, boosted by a weaker pound.
Berenberg started coverage of "outstanding" Spirax-Sarco Engineering at 'buy' on Thursday as it took a look at the capital goods and industrial engineering sector.
London stocks had turned higher by midday on Thursday, boosted by strength in the mining sector as investors digested news that US President Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries" - a move widely seen as targeting China’s Huawei.
Shares in Genus surged on Thursday after the animal genetics company announced a strategic porcine collaboration in China, the world's largest pork market.