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Jefferies increased its price target for Close Brothers but kept its 'underperform' rating, arguing the bank lacks the competitive edge it had in the last recession.
All is not well at Royal Dutch Shell, Citi said as the bank reiterated its 'sell' rating on Britain's biggest oil company.
An investment trust claiming to follow the principles of Warren Buffett is seeking to raise at least £100m in an initial public offering by listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Next boss Simon Wolfson said many thousands of retail jobs would not survive the long-term effects of the Covid-19 crisis, the BBC reported.
Tesco has joined Morrisons in restricting purchases of toilet roll and other staples as shoppers show signs of bulk buying after the government introduced new limits to stem a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Boohoo said it would overhaul its purchasing, governance and supply chain after an independent review found "endemic" failings at factories making the fast-fashion company's products in Leicester.
The government borrowed £35. 9bn in August - the third highest monthly figure on record - as tax revenue fell and the government spent to deal with the economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
Pennon said it was on course to report first-half results in line with its own expectations after the Covid-19 crisis caused revenue to fall.
Berenberg initiated coverage of Renishaw with a 'buy' rating and predicted the engineering and healthcare company would recover strongly from the downturn.
JP Morgan said Centrica shares were in "deep value territory" as the bank upgraded its rating on the energy company to 'overweight'.
Go-Ahead predicted profit at its London and international bus division would be little changed as the transport operator reported group profit slightly better than its expectations.
UK retail sales rose at their fastest pace for 18 months in September as household items boomed and demand for clothing slumped, a Confederation of British Industry survey showed.
Renishaw has sought to head off shareholder unrest before its annual general meeting by increasing shareholding requirements and capping share bonuses for new executive directors.
The AA said it was in talks with TowerBrook Capital and Warburg Pincus International about a joint offer for the company after two other potential private equity bidders pulled out of the running to buy the car breakdown service.
Smiths Group reinstated its dividend as the FTSE 100 engineer said business had stabilised after a sharp drop in annual profit.
TUI will need to raise €2bn (£1. 84bn) to strengthen its finances, Citi said as the bank cut its price target for the embattled holiday company.
JP Morgan will become one of Germany's biggest banks when it moves about €200bn (£184bn) of assets from the UK to Frankfurt because of Brexit, Bloomberg reported.
Eurozone business activity stalled in September as manufacturing growth was offset by weaker demand for services caused by rising Covid-19 infections and social distancing measures.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering replacing his furlough programme with German-style wage subsidies as part of measures to help businesses through the resurgence of Covid-19, according to reports.
German business activity increased in September driven by rising manufacturing production but growth slowed as activity weakened in the services sector.