Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that he is holding out for a decisive outcome from the UK general election on 12 December as more uncertainty would be problematic for negotiations with the European Union.
European stocks jumped on Thursday after Washington offered to roll-back of the existing tariffs on Chinese exports and cancel new duties if in exchange Beijing agreed to hike its purchases of US agricultural products, measures to protect intellectual property and increased access to its financial services sector.
The focus at the end of the week will continue to be on the general election, although US-China trade won't be far from traders' minds and the two may make for a very volatile combination.
London stocks finished in the green on Thursday, with sterling weaker as polls remained open for the winter general election.
Carr's Group revealed on Thursday that non-executive director and chairman designate Peter Page had acquired 40,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed agriculture and engineering firm.
Analysts at Liberum cut their price target on British construction and engineering company Costain's shares from 350p to 220p on Thursday, following an adverse court judgement in its dispute over a Welsh motorway project.
Niger and Nigeria-focussed oil and gas company Savannah Petroleum announced the appointment of Antoine Richard as its chief operating officer on Thursday, with immediate effect.
Africa-focussed minerals exploration company IronRidge Resources has received final assay results from its third phase drilling programme campaign at the Ewoyaa Lithium Project, it announced on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump mocked teen activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter on Thursday, a day after she was named Time’s Person of the Year for 2019.
Independent oil and gas developer Anglo African Oil & Gas updated the market on its corporate and operational activities on Thursday.
Titon Holdings on Thursday reported a fall in annual profit on the back of weak South Korean trading, while also warning that revenue from the Far Eastern nation is expected to be even lower next year.
Analysts at Liberum cut their price target on British construction and engineering company Costain's shares from 350. 0p to 220. 0p on Thursday, following an adverse court judgement in its dispute over a Welsh motorway project.
A scientific consensus has revealed that meat consumption must be considerably reduced by 2030 if CO2 emissions are to be limited to 420. 0bn tonnes per year in order to limit global warming by that date.
Wholesale inflation in the US rose by less than expected last month amid a downdraft in the cost of services, but some economists cautioned that the underlying trends were not quite as weak as the headline readings.
US President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the US and China were "getting very close to a big deal" on trade.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 1. 1% at 7,297. 93 in afternoon trade on Thursday after US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US and China were "getting very close to a big deal" on trade.
US stocks opened sharply higher on Thursday after the President said he was "getting very close to a big deal" with China.
London's FTSE 250 was 0. 09% higher at 20,665. 62 in afternoon trade on Thursday, with Tullow Oil leading the index upward.
Zibao Metals Recycling Holdings noted the surge in its share price on Thursday and said it is in talks to sell off its trading subsidiary, Masterpiece Enterprises, for a consideration "at or around book value" in the group's accounts.
Property franchise Belvoir Group acquired estate agency business Lovelles on Thursday via its wholly-owned Newton Fallowell subsidiary.