Week ahead: Fed, BoE, ECB and US jobs report in focus
All eyes over the coming week would be on the Federal Reserve's policy meeting and the latest monthly non-farm payrolls report in the US.
Europe close: Stocks edge higher
European stocks were little changed for the most part on Friday although investor sentiment was boosted by news that German auto-supplier Bosch agreed to increase its shareholding in Sweden's Husqvarna.
London close: Stocks grind higher in cautious trading
London stocks finished the week on a positive note as investors as investors digested slightly weaker than expected consumption data and softer readings for inflation expectations in the US.
Broker tips: Direct Line, Close Brothers, eEnergy
Analysts at Berenberg very slightly lowered their target price on insurance group Direct Line from 160. 0p to 159. 0p on Friday following the announcement of its quota share deal.
FTSE 250 movers: Paragon a banker, Mitie slips again
FTSE 250: 19,902. 42, -0. 07% at 1425 GMT.
US pending home sales rise 2.5% in December
US pending home sales rose in December for the first time in seven months, according to data released on Friday by the National Association of Realtors.
Director dealings: Spouse of Henry Boot CEO makes share purchase
Henry Boot revealed on Friday that chief executive Timothy Roberts' spouse Sarah Roberts had acquired 42,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed construction group.
FTSE 100 movers: Sainsbury's shines; Rolls-Royce retreats
London’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,761. 39 in afternoon trade on Friday.
US consumer tightens her purse strings towards the end of 2022
The US consumer spent with a bit less abandon towards the end of 2022 even as price pressures continued to ebb as anticipated.
US consumer confidence rises and price expectations dip, University of Michigan says
Consumer confidence in the US rose a bit more than initially thought at the beginning of 2023, the results of a closely survey revealed.
US open: Stocks mixed as investors digest PCE reading
Wall Street stocks were little changed early on Friday as market participants digested a couple of key data points.
Amigo fails to get enough interest in capital raise
Amigo Holdings said on Friday that it has received a number of expressions of interest in its capital raise, but this remains below the guarantor lender’s £45m target.
Chevron Q4 profits miss even as revenues beat expectations
Oil company Chevron posted fourth-quarter profits that fell short of estimates on Friday, even as revenues came in ahead of what analysts had been expecting.
Landsec sells London office building to HK property developer
Landsec said on Friday that it has sold One New Street Square, EC4, to Hong Kong-based property developer Chinachem Group for £349. 5m.
Shell review of energy retail division puts 2,000 jobs at risk
The future of 2,000 Shell workers is in doubt after the energy giant unveiled a “strategic review” of its domestic energy and telecoms supply division.
American Express Q4 earnings miss, issues upbeat FY guidance
Financial services giant American Express fell short of expectations with its fourth-quarter earnings on Friday but delivered an upbeat outlook for the coming year,.
Asda facing possible strike action over jobs shake-up - report
Asda is facing potential industrial action, it was reported on Friday, after the supermarket chain announced a proposed shake-up of its store operations.
London midday: Stocks little changed ahead of US data
London stocks were just a touch firmer by midday on Friday as investors continued to mull a better-than-expected US GDP reading a day earlier and looked ahead to the release of inflation figures.
US pre-open: Futures trade lower ahead of PCE reading
Wall Street futures were in the red ahead of the bell on Friday as market participants await a couple of key data points.
Europe midday: Shares rise as Bosch lifts stake in Sweden's Husqvarna
European stocks had crept into positive territory by midday as sentiment was boosted by news that German auto-supplier Bosch agreed to increase its shareholding in Sweden's Husqvarna.