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London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 9% at 7,335. 53 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, underpinned by deal news, as concerns over Sino-US trade relations receded.
London Stock Exchange said on Wednesday that it will consider an "unsolicited, preliminary and highly conditional" £29. 6bn takeover offer from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, as analysts expressed doubts that a deal would occur.
Sports Direct shareholders voted in favour of founder Mike Ashley's re-election to the board at an annual meeting on Wednesday.
Martin Sorrell's S4 Capital said on Wednesday that it was on course to double in size by 2021 as it reported a jump in first-half revenues and billings.
Chemring backed its full-year expectations on Wednesday as it said that its US subsidiary has won four new contracts.
London stocks had extended gains by midday on Wednesday, with deal news providing an added boost as worries about Sino-US trade relations eased.
Citi reiterated its 'buy' rating AstraZeneca on Wednesday, lifting the price target to 10,000p from 7,000 as it said the market continues to under-appreciate the commercial potential and operating leverage from drugs such as Tagrisso, Lynparza, roxadustat and Farxiga.
Real estate investment trust Capital & Regional said on Wednesday that it is in talks with South Africa's Growthpoint Properties about the acquisition of a majority stake in the UK company through a partial offer.
London stocks rose in early trade on Wednesday as worries about Sino-US trade relations eased and the focus shifted to this week's European Central Bank meeting amid expectations of a rate cut and further stimulus.
Outsourcer Mitie has announced the resignation of chief financial officer Paul Woolf, who has been appointed as the new CFO of intellectual property management company CPA Global.
Waste management company Biffa said on Wednesday that its full-year outlook was unchanged, with trading in the first half of the year in line with the board's expectations.
Legal & General said on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy out US law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer's UK pension scheme for around £35m.
FTSE 250 hedge fund manager Man Group said on Wednesday that president and executive director Jonathan Sorrell is stepping down to take on a new role outside the company.
Student accommodation provider Unite said on Wednesday that it remains confident of delivering its rental growth targets for the next couple of years, as the Competition and Markets Authority confirmed the start of a phase 1 probe into its proposed £1. 4bn acquisition of rival Liberty Living.
London stocks were set for a firmer open on Wednesday, taking their cue from a positive Asian session amid hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates and announce more stimulus this week.
London open The FTSE 100 was called to open 24 points higher at 7,291.
Retailers and unions are calling for urgent government action to help struggling high streets as new data shows the number of shops, pubs and restaurants lying empty is rising at the fastest pace in nearly a decade. About 16 stores closed their doors every day in the first half of 2019 while only nine opened, resulting in a net decline of 1,234 chain stores on Britain’s top 500 high streets according to analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and high street analysts the Local Data Company (LDC).