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London’s FTSE 250 was down 1% at 20,944. 07 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 1. 2% at 6,628. 37 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
UBS lifted its price target on housebuilder Berkeley to 6,037p from 5,882p on Thursday and reiterated the 'buy’ rating as it highlighted upside of more than 7,000p.
Ashtead shares rallied on Thursday as Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of the stock at ‘buy’ with a 5,100p price target, highlighting re-rating potential.
London stocks had fallen into the red by midday on Thursday as sterling rallied, with Barclays leading the banking sector lower after the release of its full-year results.
Keller said on Thursday that its 50:50 joint venture with VSL International (KVJV) has been awarded a £167m contract to deliver geotechnical work for HS2.
Sirius Real Estate said on Thursday that it has promoted Kremena Wissel to the newly-created executive role of chief marketing and impact officer.
London stocks were little changed in early trade on Thursday as investors awaited fresh catalysts, with Barclays in the red despite better-than-expected results.
Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining reported a drop in full-year earnings on Thursday as Covid-related stoppages dented production and offset higher gold and silver prices.
Moneysupermarket reported a drop in full-year profit on Thursday as revenues, in particular in the travel segments, were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
London stocks were set for a muted open on Thursday as investors eye results from the likes of Barclays, which will kick off the bank reporting season.
Almost 2 million people in Britain have not worked for more than six months during the coronavirus pandemic, amid growing risk to workers from long-term economic damage caused by the crisis. The Resolution Foundation said up to 1. 9 million people in January had either been out of a job or on full furlough for more than six months, revealing the lasting impact on employment caused by Covid and multiple lockdowns. - Guardian.