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On the last day of trading before the long Easter weekend, investors hunting for golden eggs found two in the personal goods sector, while the oil services sector was stunk out by one rotten egg.
Petrofac shares tumbled on Thursday on the back of reports that the Iraqi oil ministry had ended negotiations over the Ratawi gas hub.
The 'big four' auditing firms should be shaken up but not necessarily broken up to improve competition, with new regulatory powers introduced to improve accountability, UK competition authorities have recommended.
Continuing the bloc's recent run of economic form, surveys on eurozone manufacturing and services data both indicated lower levels of activity than hoped for this month.
Unilever posted stronger than expected growth for the first quarter of the year, driven by emerging markets and an improved balance between volume and price improvements.
PZ Cussons issued a more reassuring update on Thursday, following its profit warnings in December and January.
London open Ahead of the opening bell on Thursday, traders were eyeing an eight-point drop in the FTSE 100, which finished at 7,471. 32 a day earlier.
London markets were lifted by a real mix of sectors on Tuesday as various European markets notched up fresh six-month highs.
Levels of employment in Britain increased 179,000 to a record high in the three months to February, official data confirmed on Tuesday, but economists see ongoing headwinds for households and businesses.
JD Sport Fashion remained a beacon of growth in the troubled retail sector, as the sports chain reported double-digit sales and profit growth for the 52 weeks to 2 February.
Markets were mixed on Monday with miners in the mire but mobile telecoms marching higher.
CYBG shares still look cheap for the patient investors but Investec downgraded its recommendation as it sees little “better value elsewhere” on a 12-month view.
Shopper numbers last month increased strongly compared to last year, though the difference was mostly put down to the vastly different weather.
IWG continued its shift towards an asset-light model on Monday with a £320m deal to sell 100% of its Japanese serviced office space to Tokyo-listed TKP Corporation, with which it has agreed a franchise agreement.
Intermediate Capital Group was Barclays' top pick as it kicked off coverage of the UK-listed asset management sector, while Standard Life Aberdeen was downgraded.
Parliament is likely to be given another chance to decide whether to hold a second Brexit referendum, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Thursday.
Pest control firm Rentokil Initial’s acquisition of a rival business from Mitie will lead to higher prices for customers, the Competition and Markets Authority has warned.
Games Workshop, the maker of the Warhammer tabletop game, has declared a 35p final dividend after trading since January "continued well" with sales and profits ahead of last year.