Wall Street's main market gauges were in a mixed state - albeit mostly lower - at the close on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve took the prospect of another rate hike off the table for 2019.
The market spotlight will continue to be firmly on all things Brexit on Thursday, as the European Union leaders' summit kicks-off in Strasbourg.
Stocks on the Continent fell going into the US central bank's policy announcement on Wednesday evening, weighed down by very weak corporate updates coming from both sides of the Atlantic.
Google revealed that it will wade into the gaming market as it unveiled its Stadia digital platform on Tuesday, a device which the tech giant said will allow gamers to play without the need for discs or downloads.
London stocks dipped on Wednesday, with a drop in sterling unable to stem the selling as investors were suddenly faced with the prospect of further key votes in Parliament on Brexit as soon as the following week.
Satellite communications group Inmarsat confirmed on Tuesday evening that it was in talks with a consortium of private equity companies after receiving a $3. 3bn proposal to buy the company out in January.
Theresa May's request for a short Article 50 delay got a cold shoulder from European Union counterparts on Wednesday, while Parliament held an emergency Brexit debate.
Wall Street's main stockmarket gauges were moving lower on Wednesday as investors opt to stay on the sidelines ahead of the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve.
London's FTSE 250 was 0. 49% lower at 19,455. 35 in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with Kier Group's tumble dragging the index lower.
Theresa May on Wednesday told the House of Commons that she is "not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30 June" but reports leaking from the European Union suggested otherwise.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 2% to 7,309. 28 in afternoon trade on Wednesday as investors grappled with a seemingly endless stream of Brexit-related headlines.
US crude oil inventories shrank sharply during the preceding week as exports and refinery activity picked up.
Software and professional services group SDL said on Wednesday that full-year profit and revenues grew as it made "substantial" progress against its transformation plan and strategic objectives.
Holland's coalition government is at risk of losing its Senate majority in provincial elections due to be held on Wednesday evening as the Eurosceptic Forum for Democracy climbs in the polls.
The chief executive of UBS has called the last three months one of the worst quarters in investment banking’s recent history.
Share, the parent company of independent retail stockbroker The Share Centre reported a 12% improvement in revenue to a record £21. 0m in its preliminary results on Wednesday, which it said was helped by a first full year of its Computershare partnership.
Financial services group Curtis Banks reported a 13% jump in 2018 profit on Wednesday as revenue and the number of new SIPPs administered increased.
YOLO Leisure and Technology reported swung to unrealised losses on its investments for the 2018 financial year, it announced on Wednesday, with losses totalling £0. 84m, compared to gains of £0. 66m in 2017.
Cloud-based merchant service provider Cloudbuy reported a 26% fall in its full-year revenue on Wednesday, to £1. 11m.
Markets in Asia were mostly in negative territory as they closed on Wednesday, as investors struggled to make sense of the latest news from the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China.