European stocks ended the day lower, as investors digested a slowdown in Chinese economic growth and after trading on Wall Street got off to a poor start on the back of hawkish remarks from two top US central bank officials.
London's FTSE 100 index ended the week 96. 51 points lower at 7,150. 57.
Stocks finished the Friday session little changed ahead Saturday's key vote in Parliament, with some analysts saying that "anything could happen".
SCS Group's boss and its finance director sold just under half of the 2017 shares awards that vested on Thursday during the same session outside of a trading venue, in order to cover the tax liabilities that resulted for the two of them, transferring the remainder to their spouses.
London's FTSE 100 was 0. 28% lower at 7,162. 39 in afternoon trade on Friday, with InterContinental Hotels Group leading the index lower.
Analysts at ShoreCap reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of Savannah Petroleum, telling clients that the unsecured loan faclity into which it had entered on the same day was "entirely consistent with our expectations" and that they continued to anticipate a "much higher share price" on the acquisition of assets from Seven Energy was completed.
Saudi Aramco has delayed its planned initial public offering for until after its third quarter results in the hope that they will boost investor confidence, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
Wall Street was moving lower at the end of the week on the back of hawkish remarks from two top US central bank officials and amid a bout of selling in shares of Johnson&Johnson.
Oilex announced on Friday that the High Court of Gujarat has lifted the stay order obtained by the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC), which was originally announced on 13 August 2018, with the court ruling on it in November 2018.
Sabien Technology Group responded to a recent increase in its share price, after its stock peaked at 0. 33p at the open on Friday.
Specialist waste management company Augean has acquired an option to purchase approximately 90 acres of land adjacent to its existing East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) landfill site near Peterborough, it announced on Friday.
Niger and Nigeria-focussed oil and gas company Savannah Petroleum has entered into an unsecured loan facility, it announced on Friday, with an initial tranche of $5m, expected to be drawn immediately.
London's FTSE 250 was 0. 24% higher at 20,270. 26 in afternoon trade on Friday, with Avast leading the index higher.
The Coca-Cola Company on Friday beat analysts' third quarter revenue expectations, leading the company to lift its full-year guidance for sales and operating income.
Analysts at ShoreCap reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of Savannah Petroleum, telling clients that the unsecured loan facility into which it had entered on the same day was "entirely consistent with our expectations" and that they continued to anticipate a "much higher share price" on the acquisition of assets from Seven Energy was completed.
Wall Street was set for a slightly higher start at the end of the week, even as traders waited on a key vote in the UK Parliament at the weekend and despite mixed economic data out of China overnight.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Friday preparing to drum up support for the Brexit deal he agreed with the EU ahead of an historic Saturday sitting of parliament.
Royal Bank of Scotland: JP Morgan upgrades to overweight with a target price of 280p.
Analysts at Cannacord Genuity bumped up their target price on shares of National Express, highlighting to clients the company's "best-in-class" margins in nearly all its business units and telling them to expect sustained profit growth over the following years.
Analysts at Berenberg reiterated their recommendation to 'buy' shares of Bellway, pointing to the company's "stellar" long-term track record and undemanding valuation to back up their case.