Commodities sagged at the start of the holiday-shortened week, led by losses in the energy space, amid some mixed headlines on the state of US-China trade talks and continuing concerns around the outlook for the global economy.
Sterling edged up on Monday, following remarks from Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said during a visit to Japan that talks with Labour - which are set to continue over the Easter recess - had been "more constructive than people thought".
The market spotlight in the UK on Tuesday will be firmly on the labour market, with both economic data and some well-known corporates likely to help to shed some light on the current situation.
London stocks finished on a mixed note on Monday, but the upside for the top flight index was capped by a weak mining sector, as investors digested mixed reports on the state of US-China trade talks at the weekend and waited on important UK and Chinese data due later in the week.
Stocks edged higher at the start of the week, as investors mulled mixed reports on the state of the ongoing US-China trade talks.
ECR Minerals on Monday reported that it has commenced analysis of airborne and ground geophysical data from its wholly owned Windidda gold project in Western Australia.
Article 13 and the latest set of EU copyright rules were finally passed on Monday in the European Parliament to become law, potentially affecting small and large tech companies such as Facebook and Google.
Markets were mixed on Monday with miners in the mire but mobile telecoms marching higher.
Analysts at JPMorgan downgraded British energy and services firm Centrica to 'neutral' on Monday, noting that price regulation in the UK now looked certain to adversely impact competition, leading to compressed market pricing and lower churn.
Savannah Resources confirmed on Monday that it will move to secure 100% ownership of its flagship asset, the Mina do Barroso Lithium Project in Portugal, which is Europe's most significant spodumene lithium deposit.
IQE's operations director Dr Howard Williams disposed of 3. 17m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed semiconductor products manufacturer on Monday.
Citigroup saw net income tick ahead in the first quarter of its trading year despite a slight dip in revenues.
London's FTSE 250 index was 0. 30% higher at 19,771. 06 in afternoon trade on Monday, with IWG leading the way on the back of a deal from the Land of the Rising Sun.
New Jersey-based drug developer Catalent Inc has agreed to buy privately-held gene therapy company Paragon Bioservices for $1. 2bn in cash.
Dividend income paid to UK shareholders jumped to a record high in the first quarter of 2019, with shares yielding an average of 4. 6%.
Out-of-home virtual reality entertainment business Immotion Group announced on Monday that it has been appointed to install aquatic immersive experiences at two major aquariums in the United States.
Specialist pharmaceutical company N4 Pharma updated the market on the development of ‘Nuvec’ on Monday, following the disclosure of inconsistencies in the efficacy of Nuvec between various in vitro and in vivo studies.
Savannah Resources has entered into a term sheet to acquire the minority 25% shareholding in Savannah Lithium, it announced on Monday, which owns the Mina do Barroso Lithium Project in Portugal.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% at 7,430. 49 in afternoon trade on Monday, with miners proving a drag.
Wall Street trading began with losses on Monday as earnings seasons got underway, with banking giants Citigroup and Goldman Sachs posting their first-quarter numbers.