US jobless claims continued to slip lower, contrary to economists' expectations.
Analysts at Bank of America raised their target price for shares of Centamin, highlighting to clients the group's multiple strengths.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on camera supports manufacturer Vitec Group from 990. 0p to 1,180. 0p on Thursday, stating there was now "a brighter picture" for the group.
Language services and technology company RWS reported good first half performance on Thursday, despite foreign exchange headwinds, with revenue in line with its own expectations.
Credit Suisse shares were knocked lower after the investment bank announced that it would go cap in hand to shareholders after sustaining a further hit from the blowup of hedge fund Archegos.
London's top-flight index was hugging the flatline come midday, ahead of the European Central Bank's policy decision, the main risk event of the day, with investors especially focused on anything that it might have to say on the possible exit of its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme.
Wall Street futures were relatively flat ahead of the bell on Thursday after major averages recorded some serious gains in the previous session.
Social care and education services provider Caretech said on Thursday that it has traded in line with market expectations throughout the first half of its financial year, with stronger revenues and increased underlying earnings year-on-year.
Manufacturer Solid State said on Thursday that it expects to announce full-year results ahead of recently upgraded consensus forecasts after the final month of its trading year benefitted from demand being pulled forward and a "strong contribution" from the two businesses acquired by the group at the end of February.
The European Commission is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker failed to deliver the Covid-19 vaccines that it had been contracted for with the European Union.
Infection and prevention control firm Byotrol said on Thursday that results for the year ended 31 March were expected to be "substantially ahead" of the previous year and broadly in line with market expectations.
French business sentiment worsened a tad in April, due to the hit to services sector activity from lockdowns, but economists continued to expected a strong pick up in overall economic growth in the back half of 2021.
Video games industry technical services provider Keywords Studio said on Thursday that it has acquired UK-based business Climax Studios.
Musical equipment retailer Gear4music said on Thursday that annual sales had surged across the group in the twelve months ended 31 March.
Spectris reported a 5% improvement in group like-for-like sales in its first quarter on Thursday.
Commercial property firm CLS Holdings said on Thursday that it had collected 95% of second-quarter rents, when taking into account tenants switching to monthly payments, up from 93% a year earlier.
Investment platform provider AJ Bell reported a 32% improvement in total customer numbers year-on-year in its second quarter on Thursday, to 346,797, with total net inflows in the period rising to £1. 5b from £1. 3bn a year earlier.
Construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall said on Thursday that it was now on track to deliver a full-year performance "significantly ahead" of previous expectations.
Gambling company the Rank Group ended its third quarter with total cash and available facilities of £89. 8m, it announced on Thursday, comfortably achieving its minimum liquidity covenant of £50m.
Stocks have started Thursday's session higher ahead of the European Central Bank's policy decision, the main risk event of the day, with investors especially focused on anything that it might have to say on the possible exit of its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme.