Sykes Enterprises has agreed to be bought by Sitel Group in a $2. 2bn deal.
Virtual reality technology company VR Education announced a successful, oversubscribed placing on Friday, raising £7. 7m.
Wall Street futures were pointing to a mixed open ahead of the bell on Friday as market participants continued to digest the Federal Reserve's latest policy update.
London stocks were firmly in the red by midday on Friday, weighed down by inflation concerns and disappointing retail sales data.
European shares were lower at midday on Friday as investors continued to fret over the US Federal Reserve's move towards a hawkish tone on asset purchases.
Stocks in Asia finished the last session of the week in a mixed state on Friday, as Japan’s central bank stood pat on monetary policy and extended its Covid-19 relief measures.
Analysts at JPMorgan upgraded banking giant HSBC from underweight to 'neutral' on Friday despite it having "notably underperformed" the European Banks sector over the past year.
Liberum upgraded shares of fast fashion retailer Boohoo to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ on Friday as it argued that the valuation deserves to recover.
Pizza store and restaurant operator DP Poland said on Friday that underlying losses had widened 96% in 2020.
Germany-focussed lithium development company Zinnwald announced on Friday that its 50%-owned subsidiary Deutsche Lithium has been granted a five-year exploration licence covering about 225 hectares in the Erzgebirge, or Ore Mountains, region of Saxony.
Eyewear frames designer, manufacturer and distributor Inspecs Group reported group revenue of $47. 4m (£34. 09m) in its final results on Friday, down from $61. 2m year-on-year.
Software firm Smartspace said on Friday that has inked a new international customer agreement with Gategroup that will see the company deploy its SwipedOn visitor management solution across the client's international estate.
HMRC said on Friday that British food and drink exports to the EU fell by £2bn in the first quarter of 2021, revealing structural problems with Brexit.
Caribbean and Atlantic-focussed oil and gas company Challenger Energy updated the market on the progress of the Saffron-2 appraisal well, targeting the Upper, Middle and Lower Cruse reservoirs on Friday, with an expectation of production rates in the range of 200 to 300 barrels of oil per day.
European Metals Holdings announced the appointment of Deutsche Bank as the depositary bank for the issue of its American Depositary Shares (ADS) on Friday.
Technology-focussed investment company Drumz said demand for its investee company Acuity’s proprietary software platform ‘STREAM’ was continuing to grow.
Trinity Exploration and Production said on Friday that it had produced "another strong set of results" despite difficulties stemming from the the Covid-19 pandemic and oil price disruptions.
UK supermarket group Tesco reported a small rise in first quarter like-for-like sales, reflecting the lifting of Covid restrictions as more people started to eat out again.
Molecular diagnostics group Yourgene Health has secured a contract to supply its Elucigene DPYD testing kits to NHS Wales.
Tremor International announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 6,768,953 American depositary shares (ADS) on Friday, representing a total of 13,537,906 ordinary shares at a public offering price of $19. 00 each.