The coming week's focus in financial markets will be on the Bank of England policy meeting on Thursday.
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.
Car dealership Inchcape said on Friday that its full-year pre-tax profit is set to be "significantly ahead" of market consensus of £216m after a better-than-expected performance in the first half.
HSBC upgraded its stance on low-cost carriers easyJet, Wizz Air and Ryanair on Friday, saying it is now more optimistic about the reopening of travel across Europe than it has been this year.
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.
European shares started the final session of the week in downbeat mood investors continued to fret over the US Federal Reserve adopting a hawkish tone on asset purchases.
Hutchmed China announced the launch of its Hong Kong public offering on Friday, as part of its global offering of 104 million new shares, proposing the primary listing of its ordinary shares on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code ‘13’.