London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% at 7,194. 41 in afternoon trade on Thursday amid signs of progress in Sino-US trade relations.
AIM-listed construction materials company SigmaRoc said on Thursday that it has disposed of a non-core plot of land for £5. 5m in cash.
Greencoat UK Wind has agreed to buy the Glen Kyllachy wind farm from Innogy for a headline consideration of £57. 5m.
Apple removed the HKmap. live app from its store that allowed Hong Kong protesters to track police movements and the use of tear gas.
Software firm Castleton issued a profit warning on Thursday following weaker-than-expected interim revenues in its product and professional services units.
Subsea protection company Tekmar agreed to acquire concrete mattress provider Pipeshield from its founder Steven Howlett on Thursday for a total of £6. 5m.
OnTheMarket on Thursday reported a wider loss at the half-year stage as administrative costs climbed on the back of new investments in IT and sales employees.
Forestry and timber trading company Woodbois turned in record quarterly group revenues for the three months ending 30 September thanks to a solid performance in its trading division.
The cost of living in the US was unchanged last month in the wake of a sharp decline in energy costs, although underlying price pressures remained near their recent highs.
Ferrexpo: Barclays downgrades to underweight with a target price of 110p.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday.
Cloud-based cybersecurity firm Osirium Technologies scored a series of contract wins on Thursday.
US futures had stocks opening slightly lower on Thursday as market participants were keeping a keen eye on the status of high-level trade talks between Washington and Beijing.
Retail asset manager Premier Asset Management snapped its long-running streak of inflows in the fourth quarter of 2019 as assets under management decreased slightly during the period.
ProPhotonix on Thursday signed a five-year supply agreement with an unnamed Fortune 50 conglomerate for custom LED illumination devices and maintenance products.
Most markets in Asia finished in the green on Thursday, with investors holding their collective breath ahead of high-level trade negotiations between the US and China, set to begin later in the global day.
The UK economy unexpectedly contracted in August but grew over the three-month period, meaning a recession is likely to be avoided.
European stocks were mixed at lunchtime on Thursday as investors digested mixed news on the upcoming Sino-US trade talks, while luxury shares climbed after strong results from LVMH.
Belgian drug maker UCB has agreed to buy US-based clinical-stage biopharmaceuticals company Ra Pharmaceuticals for $2. 1bn.
Specialist womenswear retailer N Brown said on Thursday that it swung to an interim profit thanks to lower exceptional costs, but revenue dipped.