US stocks turned in a mixed performance on Friday, with the Dow Jones seeing out the session near all-time highs while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lagged behind.
Wall Street trading began on a mixed note on Friday, with the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 near all-time highs but the Nasdaq lagging behind.
London equity markets continued to push higher, even as investors pushed sterling to its best level since late July amid speculation that a deal between Westminster and Brussels could be in the works, with lenders' shares pacing gains as the UK government bond yield curve disinverted.
The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that the drug Zantac and its generic variants could contain a potentially carcinogenic nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels.
Commodity prices were little changed going into the weekend as investors sifted carefully through the latest news around the US-China trade war, amid speculation that if the US administration was facing the next presidential elections, then Beijing was under pressure from higher food prices, especially for pork.
European shares finished higher on Friday amid reports that China will exempt further US goods from additional tariffs, as investors continued to mull the European Central Bank's latest policy moves amid a big move higher in bank shares.
The London Stock Exchange has rejected a £29. 6bn takeover offer from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), saying it remains committed to its acquisition of financial data and trading platform provider Refinitiv.
London's FTSE 100 index ended the week 85. 12 points higher to 7,367. 46.
The Democratic front-runners in the US presidential race clashed over healthcare policies in the party’s third debate on Thursday.
Jefferies upgraded its stance on shares of drinks maker Britvic to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ on Friday, lifting the price target to 1,000p from 880p as it said the market under-estimates its growth potential.
The US consumer continued to splash out at a greater than anticipated pace last month, as Americans tried to front-run the incoming trade tariffs at the start of September.
Oakley Capital Investments revealed on Friday that non-executive director Laurence Blackall had acquired 100,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed mid-market private equity firm.
Analysts at Citi cautioned clients on Friday that the key global risks looming on the economic horizon were still very much present, with "no chance" of a US-China trade deal before the next elections in the States and the Federal Reserve being done with cutting rates.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 2% at 7,362. 24 in afternoon trade on Friday, underpinned by signs of improving Sino-US trade relations but with gains capped by a firmer pound.
Two people have been arrested as they attempted to disrupt flights at Heathrow airport with drones in protest over climate change.
London's FTSE 250 was up by 0. 75% at 20,112. 33 in afternoon trading on Friday, with CYBG leading the index higher.
Investors' attention over the coming week will be squarely on the mid-level contacts scheduled between US and Chinese trade officials.
US consumer sentiment improved in September, according to preliminary figures released by the University of Michigan on Friday.
Analysts at JP Morgan stayed at 'neutral' on shares of UK waste and water group Pennon following its Capital Markets event on Thursday, telling clients that for now regulatory and UK political risks offset the scope for growth in the company's waste unit.
Wall Street futures had stocks opening higher on Friday, with the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 near all-time highs.