The focus in financial markets will be on the US, where the central bank will publish the minutes of its last policy meeting, even after the close of markets in London.
European shares moved further into record territory on Tuesday, led by German and French issues as investors cheered better than expected economic data in the States and out of the People's Republic of China.
Wall Street stocks closed slightly lower on Tuesday, breaking a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500.
The number of unemployed people in Spain fell by more than expected last month as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were gradually lifted across the country.
London equity markets finished well into positive territory on Tuesday, following a record session on Wall Street, with reopening stocks on the front foot.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity lowered their rating on petroleum and natural gas investor Touchstone Exploration from 'buy' to 'speculative buy' on Tuesday, stating its Chinook well test had raised the group's risk profile.
The Mastercard Economics Institute revealed in a report on Tuesday that shoppers globally increased their online spending by $900bn in 2020.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1. 3% at 22,005. 06 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.
A Moscow court fined TikTok $34,000 over failures to delete content it deemed harmful, Russian news agencies said on Tuesday.
Republic of the Congo-focussed potash development company Kore Potash announced on Tuesday that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Summit Africa, on behalf of a consortium of investors and engineering firms, to arrange the total financing required for the construction of the Kola Potash Project.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 1. 2% at 6,820. 68 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.
Ebiquity revealed on Tuesday that chairman Rob Woodward had acquired 41,759 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed marketing and media consultancy.
Analysts at Berenberg downgraded Gulf Keystone Petroleum from 'buy' to 'hold' on Tuesday, stating the group's current plans were already priced in.
The number of job openings in the US jumped in February, alongside faster hiring and an increase in so-called 'quits' or voluntary separations.
Carrefour and Deliveroo announced on Tuesday an expansion to their already existing partnership to deliver express groceries to consumers in 30 minutes or less.
Analysts at Shore Capital hailed the "promising" results of French vaccine manufacturer Valneva's early-stage clinical trials for its proposed shot against Covid-19.
Wall Street trading got off to a relatively flat start on Tuesday after the Dow Jones and S&P 500 closed at fresh record highs in the previous session on the back of some strong economic data.
West Africa-focussed exploration company Oriole Resources has secured a controlling position in Reservoir Minerals Cameroon (RMC), a former subsidiary of Bureau d'Etudes et d'Investigations Géologico-minières, Géotechniques et Géophysiques (BEIG3), for its early-stage exploration licences in Cameroon, it announced on Tuesday.
Touchstone Exploration: Canaccord downgrades to speculative buy with a target price of 140p.
Footfall across UK retail destinations rose last week but the Easter weekend was hit by bad weather, according to the latest data from retail analysts Springboard.