UK consumer confidence edged above pre-pandemic levels in July for the first time, research showed on Friday.
Investors' focus at the end of the week will be on the results of a raft of purchasing managers' surveys for manufacturing and services sector activity in the euro area, UK and US.
European shares finished higher yet again, driven by strong corporate earnings and optimism over economic recovery from the Covid pandemic and after the European Central Bank maintained a 'dovish' stance on policy at its latest policy meeting.
Analysts at Liberum raised their target price on ventilation products supplier Volution from 377. 0p to 520. 0p on Thursday, citing ongoing momentum.
London stocks closed in a mixed state on Thursday, as investors waded through a raft of corporate news and digested the latest policy announcement from the European Central Bank.
Puretech Health revealed on Thursday that director Bharatt Chowrira had acquired 25,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed biotechnology company.
Artificial intelligence (AI) company Sensyne Health announced the appointment of Dr David Ruau to the newly-created role of chief scientific officer on Thursday, with effect from 1 September.
Shares of Darktrace plunged following news that shareholder Michael Lynch had lost an appeal against extradition to the US on fraud charges.
Natural resources investor Metal Tiger has subscribed for 1. 25 million units in First Light Capital, a capital pool operating under the TSX Venture Exchange, at an issue price of 40 Canadian cents per unit, for a total consideration of CAD 0. 5m (£0. 29m), it announced on Thursday.
Brazil-focussed gold mining and development company Serabi Gold updated the market on exploration sampling and ongoing drilling from the São Domingos project on Thursday.
Ecotricity Group made good on its announcement of a possible officer for Good Energy Group on Thursday, confirming the terms of a cash offer for the AIM-traded renewable energy company.
BHP Group will supply Tesla with the nickel needed to produce the batteries required by its electric cars.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 7% at 22,708. 61in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Northcoders is preparing to float on the London Stock Exchange's junior market following a placing of shares to support its growth plans.
GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Brian McNamara, the chief executive of its consumer healthcare division, as CEO designate of the new, listed consumer healthcare company that will be spun off from the group next year.
Wall Street trading got off to a mixed start on Thursday as market participants digested a surprise increase in weekly jobless claims.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 4% at 6,969. 97 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Economists at Barclays Research think longer-term US Treasury note yields will head back higher in the back half of 2021, although they also thought that financial markets were right in judging inflationary risks to be 'transitory'.
US home sales bounced back in June following four consecutive monthly declines, however the pace was moderate as higher prices and low inventory continued to weigh on the property market.
Semiconductor outfit Texas Instruments issued revenue guidance that disappointed investors overnight on Wednesday, with concerns that the Covid-19 fuelled demand for chips would be short-lived offsetting a strong second quarter performance.