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London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 7,456. 92 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Amazon said on Friday that it has agreed to buy iRobot in a $1. 7bn cash deal.
London stocks were still little changed by midday on Friday as investors erred on the side of caution ahead of the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
Jefferies downgraded Go-Ahead on Friday to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ as it lifted its price target to 1,550p from 1,320p to reflect the increased takeover offer from Kinetic and Globalvia.
Barclays downgraded Hikma Pharmaceuticals on Friday to ‘equalweight’ from ‘overweight’ and cut the price target to 1,750p from 2,250p as it said a lack of visibility in the generics division was a real concern.
Car dealership Pendragon said on Friday that it has terminated potential takeover talks after one of its shareholders failed to engage with the proposal.
London stocks were steady in early trade on Friday as investors eyed the release of the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
UK house prices fell in July for the first time in a year amid rising interest rates and surging inflation, according to a survey released on Friday by Halifax.
Tullow Oil said on Friday that it has plugged and abandoned an exploration well offshore Guyana.
London Stock Exchange announced the launch of a £750m share buyback on Friday as it posted a jump in first-half profit and lifted its dividend.
London stocks were set to edge up at the open on Friday following a positive session in Asia, as investors eyed the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
British taxpayers are now shareholders in a further 65 companies because of a government rescue funding scheme set up during the Covid crisis – including a medical cannabis firm, a video game studio and a chain of bars offering activities like ping pong. A list published by the government’s development bank reveals an eclectic range of firms that have received convertible loans as part of the Future Fund. – Guardian.