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Europe midday: Stocks edge higher as some investors embrace the irrational

Stocks on the Continent are modestly higher as investors wait, and hope, for positive news out of trade talks between the US and China in Washington, while equity strategists debate the pros and cons of being in the market.

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Angling Direct in talks about possible acquisition of Chapmans Angling

Fishing tackle and equipment retailer Angling Direct confirmed on Friday that it is in advanced negotiations regarding a potential acquisition of Chapmans Angling.

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Retail investment sinks to weakest since 2012 - CBI

UK retailers have had a reasonable February, according to the CBI's monthly survey of the sector.

Trump softens stance on overseas technologies

President Donald Trump has signalled a weakening in US resolve to block overseas companies such as Huawei from being used in mobile networks.

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Haydale Graphene tumbles over heavily discounted placing

Haydale Graphene has begun discussions with lenders regarding a fundraising at a significant discount to its recent share price.

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Pinterest files for US IPO - report

Pinterest filed confidentially for a US initial public offering and is expected to seek a valuation of $12bn, according to reports on Friday.

SFO closes Rolls-Royce and GSK investigations

The Serious Fraud Office has closed its investigations into alleged bribery at GlaxoSmithKline and Rolls-Royce, it said on Friday.

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London midday: Stocks extend gains amid Sino-US trade hopes; miners rally

London stocks had extended gains by midday on Friday, helped along by strength in the mining sector and well-received results from Pearson, amid growing optimism over Sino-US trade talks.

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Provident Financial gets £1.3bn takeover offer from Non-Standard Finance

Sub-prime lender Provident Financial has received a £1. 3bn takeover offer from smaller rival Non-Standard Finance.

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US pre-open: Stocks seen up ahead of more Sino-US trade talks

US stock futures pointed to a positive open on Wall Street on Friday as investors eyed more trade talks between the US and China ahead of next week’s truce deadline.

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Rockhopper names Keith Lough as chairman

Oil and gas outfit Rockhopper Exploration's long-time chairman David McManus will retire from the group followings its upcoming annual shareholder meeting.

JPMorgan slashes Purplebricks target price after disappointing update

JPMorgan Cazenove slashed its price target on overweight-rated Purplebricks to 188p from 400p on Friday following the company’s "disappointing" update a day earlier.

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U+I sells Brighton residential sites, faces delays in Kensington

Specialist regeneration developer U+I has completed the sale of the residential sites at Preston Barracks in Brighton, it announced on Friday, while also updating the market on the planning status of its scheme at Kensington Church Street.

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Hexatronic extends supply relationship with CityFibre

Hexatronic has signed a framework supply agreement with CityFibre, to supply the fibre optic infrastructure firm with passive fibre optic solutions including fibre optic cables, micro duct, connection boxes and aerial nodes, it announced on Friday.

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Gaming Realms sells real-money division to focus on development

Developer, publisher and licensor of mobile real-money and social games Gaming Realms has entered into agreements with River iGaming, a company listed on the Merkur Market of the Oslo Bors, to dispose of its real-money operating subsidiary Bear Group.

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Kraft Heinz under investigation from SEC

The US Securities Exchange Commission is investigating Kraft Heinz's accounting practices, the US foods colossus revealed as it reported huge quarterly losses and cut its dividend.

Reach4Entertainment snaps up London-based advertising outfit

Marketing communications group Reach4Entertainment will acquire advertising outfit Agency Press for a price that could rise to £10m.

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Stobart confirms sale of Stobart Air to Connect Group consortium

Stobart Group confirmed on Friday that the sale and purchase agreement by which its wholly-owned subsidiary Stobart Aviation was disposing of of its shares in Everdeal Holdings, through which it owns Stobart Air had become unconditional.

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Barclays Bank chairman stands down

Barclays non-executive director Gerry Grimstone has decided to step down from his role as chairman of Barclays Bank at the end of the month.

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German business confidence lowest since 2014 - Ifo

German business confidence deteriorated more than expected in February, to its lowest level in four years, according to a widely-followed survey released on Friday.