Wall Street trading wrapped up on a mixed note on Tuesday as investors eyed the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and digested conflicting trade reports.
Commodity prices edged higher on Tuesday, with base metals pacing gains as the Greenback drifted lower ahead of the Federal Reserve's next policy meeting.
Stocks on the Continent finished higher on the back of an unexpectedly strong reading on analyst sentiment towards Germany, helped by some positive headlines around Brexit and US-China trade talks.
London stocks continuing to push higher on Tuesday as investors remained sanguine about Brexit uncertainty and mulled figures showing a drop in the rate of unemployment to its lowest level since 1975.
London's FTSE 250 was 0. 32% higher at 19,549. 12 in afternoon trading, as TP ICAP pushed the index higher.
Office stationary retail chain Office Outlet, formerly known as Staples, on Tuesday confirmed that it has fallen into administration, putting 1,200 jobs at risk.
AFC Energy on Tuesday announced Advanced Plastics Ltd as its preferred tenderer in the mass manufacture of flow plates for use within the its proprietary alkaline fuel cell system.
Paper and packaging companies, industrials and the supermarket sector were on the front foot on Tuesday.
Wood Group returned to growth in 2018 but said its growth cutting efforts would be slower than it planned after the merger with Amec Foster Wheeler.
Evraz chairman Alexander Abramov disposed of 8. 47m ordinary shares in the FTSE 100-listed steelmaker on Tuesday.
Barring surprise developments on the Brexit front - or elsewhere - the market spotlight will shift towards the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday.
Analysts at Peel Hunt downgraded their recommendation on stock in Polypipe following the recent sharp run-up in the share price.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% to 7,327. 05 in afternoon trade on Tuesday as investors mulled over the latest UK jobs data.
Analyst at Peel Hunt downgraded their recommendation on stock in Polypipe following the recent sharp run-up in the share price.
Shares of Polypipe were knocked-off their perch after the company posted lower than expected full-year operating profits, but sounded a confident note on the outlook and bumped up its dividend.
US stocks opened higher on Tuesday as investors eyed the start of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting.
Investment outfit Volvere expects to swing to a profit in 2018, driven by gains from discontinued operations.
Taptica International's shares climbed on Tuesday after profit and revenue were boosted by a strong performance from the business' brand advertising arm.
Morgan Stanley upped its stance on shares of events company Informa to 'overweight' from 'equalweight' on Tuesday as it highlighted decent trading and a lowly rating versus peers.
Oxford BioDynamics announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Imperial College London, to utilise its latest ‘EpiSwitch’ biomarker signature for the blood-based diagnosis of prostate cancer in the ‘PROSTAGRAM’ trial.