DFS: Jefferies downgrades to hold with a target price of 275p.
Markets in Asia ended mostly in the green on Tuesday, as sentiment turned more positive ahead of the signing of the first phase trade deal between the United States and China later in the week.
Britain, France and Germany triggered the so-called dispute mechanism contained in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
London stocks were a little lower by midday on Tuesday as details emerged of the 'phase one' Sino-US trade deal due to be signed this week, with investors cautious ahead of a slew of key US bank earnings.
Small business sentiment in the US deteriorated more than expected in in December, according to the latest survey form the National Federation of Independent Business.
European stocks were again mostly treading water in early trading as the European Union's trade commissioner travels to Washington for three days of talks, with some observers seeing room for heightened tensions.
China’s exports grew for the first time in five months in December, official data showed on Tuesday, comfortably beating expectations.
Biopesticide manufacturer Eden Research said on Tuesday that losses looked set to have almost tripled in its last trading year despite making some "good commercial progress" during the period.
Performance nutrition company Science in Sport expects its full-year trading results for 2019 to be in line with market expectations and show a strong performance in key growth metrics.
Data solutions provider D4T4 Solutions scored some new contract wins for its Celebrus data collection software across key vertical sectors on Tuesday.
The UK's gambling regulator has banned the industry from allowing credit cards to be used to pay for online bets from April.
Internet of Things enabler Telit Communications expects to report higher full-year underlying earnings despite recording a drop in total group revenues.
Fast fashion retailer Boohoo lifted its full-year revenue guidance on Tuesday after record trading in the final quarter of last year.
The US government dropped its designation of China as a currency manipulator as both sides moved towards a trade deal.
Furniture retailer DFS reported a decline in interim revenue on Tuesday but said full-year profit was set to meet market expectations.
Online gaming business 888 Holdings on Tuesday said chief financial officer Aviad Kobrine will stand down during 2020 after serving more than 15 years with the group.
PageGroup updated the market on its fourth quarter and full year of trading on Tuesday, reporting a 0. 4% decline in constant group gross profit in the final three months of the year, or a 2. 6% fall at reported rates to £205. 6m.
London stocks were steady in early trade on Tuesday as details emerged of the 'phase one' Sino-US trade deal due to be signed this week, with investors cautious ahead of a slew of key US bank earnings.
Specialty chemicals company Elementis updated the market on its trading on Tuesday, reporting that the final quarter of the year had been “somewhat subdued”, and as a result, adjusted operating profit for 2019 was now expected to be between $122m and $124m (£94. 04m and £95. 58m).
House builder Taylor Wimpey said it expected full year results to be in line with expectations as it welcomed increased political stability after the UK General Election.