These were the movements in some of the most closely-followed 10-year sovereign debt yields:.
Softness in the Greenback following the release of a key gauge of activity in America's services sector that some economists said was a "fair bit" below their forecasts helped to prop-up commodity prices across the board.
Stocks on the Continent only managed to eke out but a small bounce on Thursday, after less severe than had been feared US trade tariffs on European luxury goods were offset by survey readings pointing to stalling euro area economic growth and that Germany might have fallen into recession in the third quarter.
ITM Power on Thursday reported a widened annual loss on the back of increased spending on research and development and for the production of prototypes, but confirmed a fundraise of as much as a £58. 8m via a so-called 'cornerstone' investment, a placing with institutional investors and an open offer, alongside a collaboration agreement with German chemicals giant Linde.
London stocks slipped lower still on Thursday, even as some economists said that the latest services data suggested that the UK economy had slipped into recession and data published in the US appeared to show that weakness in manufacturing was making its way into the rest of the American economy.
Friday will see the release of what is often referred to as the 'all-important' monthly non-farm payrolls data, due to the typically large influence that they have on the course of financial markets over the following month.
Stocks moved quickly lower at the start of trading on Thursday as investors played it safe ahead of the release of the Institute for Supply Management's closely-followed services sector gauge which in the event hit a three-year low.
Analysts at Peel Hunt absolutely slashed their target price on fashion retailer Ted Baker from 950. 0p down to 500. 0p on Thursday following a far from "ordinary" profit warning from the group.
Greencoat is set to invest £120. 0m in a project to build giant greenhouses that could be bigger than the O2 arena in London.
YOLO Leisure and Technology on Thursday confirmed that its investee company, TVPlayer, had been placed into administration.
Keystone Law revealed on Thursday that Root Capital Fund II, a trust in which non-executive director Simon Philips had an interest, had offloaded 1. 1m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed group.
Analysts at RBC Capital Markets upgraded their rating on shares of CMC Markets from 'speculative risk' to 'outperform' on Thursday following the group's first-half pre-close update.
Services sector activity in the States cooled more sharply than anticipated last month, amid a rapid decline in new orders and a slower pace of hiring, the results of a key survey showed.
A top European Central Bank official called for fiscal policy to be assigned a greater role in the single currency bloc's policy mix and for the creation of a European fiscal policy capacity.
Anglo American said on Thursday that the value of rough diamond sales at its De Beers unit rose in eighth cycle of the year, but was down significantly on the previous year.
London's FTSE 100 was down 1% at 7,053. 70 in afternoon trade on Thursday amid worries about slowing economic growth.
Frontier Smart Technologies Group on Thursday announced that it will close its Romanian operations following a review of its cost base and structure in light of the downturn in revenues.
Chemical plant Ineos said on Thursday that it could close its acrylonitrile plant at Seal Sands, Teesside.
London's FTSE 250 was down 0. 89% at 19,302. 96 in afternoon trade on Thursday, with Centamin leading the index lower.
Regenerative medical devices company Tissue Regenix Group announced the launch of a product line extension ‘DermaPure Non-Oriented’ on Thursday, which it said was specifically tailored for the surgical and trauma markets, further expanding the reach of its flagship ‘dCELL’ technology product, ‘DermaPure’.