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Weekly review

London's FTSE 100 ended the week 23. 87 points higher at 7,326. 81.

London close: Shares jump at the end of the week as pound falls back

London stocks rose at the end of the week as sterling fell after the release of weak PMI data, with sentiment underpinned by renewed optimism about a China-US trade deal.

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US open: Mixed start to trading as Trump says trade deal 'very' close

US stocks opened mixed on Friday as stocks attempted to snap the three-day losing streak that halted a historic rally ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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Broker tips: Coats Group, Frontier Developments

Shares of industrial thread maker Coats Group slumped on Friday as it said that sales in the four months to the end of October slowed.

US consumer sentiment near strongest level for two decades, UofM says

US consumer confidence stayed near its best levels for nearly two decades in November, according to the results of perhaps the most closely-followed survey of American's mood.

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Director dealings: Spouse of Howden Joinery's CEO sells shares

Howden Joinery Group revealed on Friday that deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Mark Robson's wife had sold 50,000 ordinary shares in the supplier of kitchens and joinery products.

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FTSE 250 movers: Aston Martin ascends, Coats stumbles

London's FTSE 250 was higher by 0. 63% at 20,498. 29 in afternoon trade on Friday, with shares of Aston Martin Lagonda pushing the index lower.

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Europe 'must consider its place in the world', ECB's Lagarde says

At a time when "uncertainty abounds" and the conventional wisdom in diplomacy and economics was being "challenged", Europe "must consider its place in the world and reset its ambitions", argued the European Central Bank's new President.

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Top Spanish official sees GDP continuing to grow at a 'reasonable' pace

Spain's Secretary of State for Economy, Ana de la Cueva, has reassured that Spain will continue to grow at a reasonable rate and above that of the Eurozone, despite the context of uncertainty hanging over the global economy, including the US-China trade war and Brexit.

Mosman gets government nod to suspend work commitments

Mosman Oil & Gas told the market on Friday that the relevant minister in the Northern Territory Government of Australia had advised it that he had approved a 12 month suspension of the third year work program commitments for its permit, and a corresponding extension of the permit term.

Randall & Quilter division partners with US towing firm

Randall & Quilter announced on Friday that Accredited Surety and Casualty Company - a wholly owned subsidiary of Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings, and a Florida-domiciled insurance company licensed in all 50 states to write admitted business - has entered into a new programme partnership with Trinity Transportation Services (TTS) and its associated third-party administrator, Global Claims Services.

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Coro Energy pleased with latest progress at Duyung

South east Asia-focussed upstream oil and gas company Coro Energy updated the market on operations at the Tambak-1 well in the Duyung Production Sharing Contract, offshore Indonesia on Friday, in which it holds a 15% interest.

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Yew Grove proposes share issue to fund property pipeline

Ireland-focussed commercial property company Yew Grove announced the proposed issue of around 20 million new shares at a price of 97 euro cents each on Friday.

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Haydale Graphene ropes in Mark Chapman as new finance chief

Advanced materials company Haydale Graphene announced the appointment of Mark Chapman as its new chief financial officer and a director on Friday, with immediate effect.

Strategic Minerals reports on de-risking progress at Leigh Creek

Battery minerals-focussed company Strategic Minerals updated the market on its operations at the Leigh Creek Copper Mine on Friday, including the results from a completed feasibility study on the first stage development at Paltridge North, and an updated feasibility study on the Lynda and Lorna Doone deposits.

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Amiad Water Systems shareholders strike deal over potential investment

Amiad Water Systems updated the market on a potential investment on Friday, which it initially outlined on 11 September.

US and China are 'very close' to striking a trade deal, Donald Trump says

Washington and Beijing "are every" close to striking a preliminary trade deal, the US President reportedly said on Friday morning.

Marks & Spencer hires new clothing and home MD

Marks & Spencer said on Friday that it has appointed Richard Price, the current chief executive of F&F Clothing at Tesco, as its new managing director for clothing and home.

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Eurozone economy remains close to stagnation in November

The eurozone economy remained close to stagnation in November, according to preliminary figures released on Friday.

FTSE 100 movers: Centrica rallies again; Berkeley takes a hit

London’s FTSE 100 was up 1. 4% at 7,337. 70 in afternoon trade on Friday, boosted by a weaker pound and optimism over a trade deal between the US and China.