The focus over the coming week will continue to be firmly on Brexit, even as investors digest the outcome of the ongoing US-China trade talks.
US stocks closed sharply higher on Friday after Donald Trump said the US and China had reached the first phase of a trade deal that would delay tariff hikes set to kick in next week.
First quarter pre-tax losses widened at Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One, driven by higher debts and lower revenues from film and television.
European stocks finished higher on Friday as investors grew hopeful that the US and China could agree a trade deal and after European Union Council chief Donald Tusk sounded a guardedly positive note on the outlook for Brexit negotiations.
London stocks surged at the end of the week, with banks and housebuilders up on Brexit hopes, although gains for the top flight index were capped by a jump in sterling to its best levels since mid-2019 - but analysts remained wary.
US consumer sentiment jumped past forecasts in early October as Americans anticipated income growth and lower inflation over the year ahead, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley reiterated their 'overweight' stance and 60p target price for shares of Lloyds on Friday.
Analysts at Jefferies upgraded mining giant Rio Tinto to 'buy' on Friday, stating the group's strong free-cash-flow through the cycle should lead to a supportive dividend in weak markets and leverage to the upside in stronger markets, which in turn should provide a floor for the shares.
Hyundai Motor America and affiliate Kia Motors America agreed to pay $760. 0m to settle a class action lawsuit with the owners of vehicles that were equipped with Theta II gasoline direct injection engines.
Enquest revealed on Friday that Double A, a discretionary trust in which the extended family of chief executive Amjad Bseisu has a beneficial interest, had acquired 763,835 ordinary shares in the petroleum exploration and production company.
The board of directors of carmaker Renault has ousted Thierry Bollore as CEO and named Clotilde Delbos as interim chief executive.
Shares of homebuilders and lenders barreled higher, pushing the second-tier index back towards its best levels of the year, after European Union council president, Donald Tusk, said he had received "promising signals" from Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, on the possibility of Brexit deal.
Infrastructure investment company HICL Infrastructure announced the completion of the acquisition of the transmission assets associated with the Race Bank Windfarm off the coast of Norfolk, by Diamond Transmission Partners on Friday.
Supermarket real estate investor Supermarket Income REIT announced the acquisition of a Sainsbury's store in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, from Legal & General on Friday, for £60. 4m excluding acquisition costs, reflecting a net initial yield of 5. 25%.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 6% at 7,229. 29 in afternoon trade on Friday as investors grew increasingly hopeful that a Brexit deal will be agreed.
Digital media content provider One Media iP Group announced proposed changes to its board on Friday, saying that subject to normal regulatory due diligence, both Alice Dyson-Jones and Steve Gunning would join the board as executive director and finance director respectively.
US stocks opened markedly higher on Friday following some positive comments from Donald Trump regarding US-Sino trade talks.
Mining company Vast Resources updated the market on progress at the Chiadzwa Community Diamond Project on Friday.
Healthcare services provider Totally announced on Friday that its wholly-owned urgent care subsidiary Greenbrook Healthcare has been awarded a new contract worth a total of £8. 3m.
French advertising giant Publicis was under the cosh on Friday after cutting its full-year revenue outlook.