European stocks finished mostly in positive territory on Thursday despite data showing a bleak outlook for the German economy and rising Covid cases on the Continent.
Medical cannabis outfit Equinox International Holdings is plotting a flotation on the London Stock Exchange´s junior market.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on the European Central Bank.
London stocks closed above the waterline on Thursday amid fairly quiet trade, with US markets closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Food company Greencore Group revealed on Thursday that chief executive officer Patrick Coveney was set to step down from the role in order to join food and beverage outlets operator SSP Group.
RBC Capital Markets upgraded outsourcer Capita on Thursday to 'outperform' from 'sector perform' and lifted the price target to 70. 0p from 55. 0p, saying it was "one for the brave".
Regionally-focussed specialist asset manager Mercia said on Thursday that Northern Venture Trust, whose investment adviser is its wholly-owned subsidiary Mercia Fund Management (MFM), had released its audited results for the year ended 30 September.
Hummingbird Resources released an updated, JORC-compliant company reserve statement on Thursday, which included a maiden reserve for the Kouroussa mine in Guinea.
Genus revealed on Thursday that chairman Iain Ferguson had acquired 1,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed biotechnology firm.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 6% at 23,296. 40 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
The Information Commissioner's Office set out clear data protection standards on Thursday that firms must meet in order to safeguard people's privacy online when developing new advertising technologies.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 7,294. 27 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
United States-focussed metals explorer and producer Phoenix Copper announced further analytical results from its 2021 deep sulphide core drilling programme on Thursday, reporting that holes KXD21-04, KXD21-05 and KXD21-06 intercepted high-grade mineralisation across a suite of metals.
Skillcast has raised £3. 5m ahead of a flotation that is expected to value the staff training software group at £33. 1m.
President Energy announced the completion of its farm-out of the Pirity concession in Paraguay on Thursday, to the Taiwan state-owned energy company CPC Corporation.
Analysts at Berenberg slightly lowered their target price on UPVC products supplier Eurocell from 360. 0p to 340. 0p on Thursday despite the group delivering "another solid update".
Clipper Logistics and luxury fashion platform Farfetch have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a global e-commerce fulfilment solution for luxury brands.
Huel, the plant-based meal replacement maker, has hired bankers to advise on a flotation in London after the pandemic fitness surge made its products more popular, according to a report.
Trinidad and Tobago-focussed exploration and production company Trinity has received approval for the field development plan for the Galeota Asset Development project (GAD) from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), it announced on Thursday.
Germany's economy grew a tad less quickly than expected in the third quarter and economists believed that a notable slowdown was on the cards for the final three months of 2021.