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London stocks ended a little higher on Friday as investors mulled over the US jobs report and the latest goings-on in Westminster.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% at 7,267. 85 in afternoon trade on Friday, remaining near the flat line after the release of disappointing US jobs data.
Deutsche Bank downgraded its stance on shares of RBS and Lloyds Banking Group on Friday as it took a look at UK banks.
Non-life legacy insurance investor Randall & Quilter posted a jump in interim profit on Friday, boosted by recent acquisitions.
G4S shares surged on Friday following a report that US cash-handling business The Brink's Company could make a £1bn bid for the security services firm's cash solutions arm.
London stocks had flattened out by midday on Friday as investors refrained from making any big bets either way ahead of the release of the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
UK house prices ticked up a touch more than expected in August as a lack of supply helped to offset Brexit uncertainty.
Data released by EU statistics agency Eurostat on Friday confirmed that economic growth in the eurozone eased in the second quarter of the year.
Car supermarket Motorpoint tanked on Friday after the company's co-founder and non-executive director David Shelton sold 11 million shares at 200p each.
Newspaper distributor Connect Group said on Friday that Smiths News has signed a new long-term contract with The Telegraph to distribute The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
London stocks nudged lower in early trade on Friday, with investors reluctant to make any bold moves ahead of the release of the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
German industrial production unexpectedly fell in July as trade tensions took their toll, according to the latest figures released by Destatis, stoking recession fears.
Emerging market asset manager Ashmore reported a rise in full-year profit and earnings on Friday thanks to growth in assets under management, as it said the outlook for the US economy and its trade policy are the main risks to the current market environment.
London stocks looked set for a muted open on Friday as investors eyed the release of the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
London open The FTSE 100 was called to open nine points lower at 7,262.
Major oil and gas companies have invested $50bn (£40. 6bn) in fossil fuel projects that undermine global efforts to avert a runaway climate crisis, according to a report. Since the start of last year, fossil fuel companies have spent billions on high-cost plans to extract oil and gas from tar sands, deepwater fields and the Arctic despite the risks to the climate and shareholder returns. – Guardian.