Barratt Developments fared best after analysts at Berenberg revised their target price for the company higher, from 650. 0p to 670. 0p, with those at Morgan Stanley close behind and upping their target from 625. 0p to 675. 0p.
Diploma topped gains on Thursday, as markets cheered the specialised technical products and services supplier's foray across the Pond to scoop-up Virginia Sealing Products for £56. 0m.
The London stock market's main market gauges have turned mixed, with the the Footsie weighed down by pound strength despite increasing 'market chatter' around the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit.
Investors will continue to be focused on the headlines around the ongoing US-China trade stand-off and America's central bank at the end of the week.
Shares on the Continent finished mostly lower on the back of concerns that trade frictions with the US might worsen, strength in the euro throughout much of the day.
Shares on the Continent were off their best levels come midday, amid concerns that trade frictions with the US might worsen and as the euro gained in value following the 'dovish' signals from the US central bank chief the day before.
London listed shares turned in another mixed session on Thursday with the the Footsie weighed down by pound strength and amid increasing 'market chatter' around the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley bumped up their target price for shares of Barratt Developments from 625p to 675p, following what they termed a "robust" full-year trading update and inexpensive valuation relative to peers, but remained a tad more cautious than the company when looking out to the medium-term.
Analysts at Jefferies cut their target price on British recruitment business Pagegroup on Thursday, noting that a struggling global labour market throughout June had led it to downgrade its earnings per share estimates for the group by 5-7%.
San Leon Energy revealed on Thursday that chief executive Oisin Fanning had acquired 270,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed crude oil producer.
The Dow Jones hit a record high at the start of the session after Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell suggested the day before that the central bank was open to easing monetary policy in the near future.
A trade war looked set to break out on a new front as France clashed with the US over the introduction of new tax on tech firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook.
Berenberg downgraded its recommendation for shares of Sumo from 'buy' to 'hold', telling clients the in the medium-term, the best placed publishing companies in the UK Games sector would be those that managed to keep their intellectual property close to their chests.
US consumer prices rose a tad more quickly than expected in June amid sharp increases in the prices of used cars and trucks, and apparel.
Altyn updated the market on the delivery of its underground equipment on Thursday, following a commitment from its major shareholder African Resources in March, to provide a KZT 400m ($1. 1m) unsecured loan towards the acquisition of underground equipment with the intention to further boost production.
Initial jobless claims in the US declined more sharply than anticipated over the week covering the 4 July holiday.
Conservative leadership favourite Boris Johnson was accused of throwing Britain's ambassador to Washington “under the bus” over a leak of official communication to London.
Online women's fashion brand Sosandar has raised £7m by virtue of a conditional institutional placing of new ordinary shares at a price of 15p each - a 3. 4% premium to its closing price on Wednesday.
Video security systems designer Indigovision expects to report positive underlying earning and operating profits in the first half of its trading year after sales and revenues continued to grow throughout the period.
Commercial biotechnology Allergy Therapeutics anticipates full-year earnings will come in ahead of market expectations as it prepares for the first in human trials of its peanut allergy product.