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13:57
US private equity firm Thoma Bravo to buy Sophos for £3.2bn

US private equity firm Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy cybersecurity company Sophos for $4bn (£3.2bn).

17:51
London close: Shares dip as analysts take stock of situation after Friday surge

London stocks dipped on Monday as optimism over a trade deal between the US and China faded a bit, with worries about Brexit and uninspiring Chinese data also weighing on investor sentiment.

16:51
Broker tips: Domino's Pizza, Hochschild Mining, Barclays, RBS, Lloyds

Analysts at Liberum don't see much changing in the immediate future for Domino's Pizza, expecting its weak performance of late to carry on throughout the third quarter despite easier comparatives.

19:33
Tuesday preview: US banks, UK unemployment in focus

The market spotlight is due to shift towards US banks on Tuesday as the US corporate earnings season goes into full swing, with approximately a fifth of the S&P 500's constituent companies set to update shareholders, including 60% of the benchmarks financials.

15:18
Julian Dunkerton to stay on as Superdry CEO until April 2021

Superdry said on Monday that founder Julian Dunkerton will stay on as chief executive officer until April 2021 while the company continues to look for a long-term successor.

16:19
FTSE 250 movers: Hunting falls, Sophos surges

London's FTSE 250 was down 0.99% at 19,843.55 in afternoon trade on Monday, with Hunting leading the index lower.

12:01
London midday: Stocks fall further as trade deal hopes fade

London stocks had fallen further into the red by midday on Monday as optimism over a trade deal between the US and China faded, while worries about Brexit and uninspiring Chinese data also weighed on sentiment.

15:52
Berenberg raises Hochschild Mining to 'hold' following foray into rare earths

Analysts Berenberg upped their rating on British precious metals firm Hochschild Mining from 'sell' to 'hold' on Monday, stating the group's rare earths move was "a bit left-field", but "not a complete surprise".

17:23
Director dealings: Everyman Media chairman sells shares

Everyman Media revealed on Monday that chairman Paul Wise had disposed of 499,977 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed premium cinema operator.

16:33
US open: Mixed start to trading as trade deal optimism sours

Wall Street trading began with some mixed results on Monday following a report that revealed China wanted to hold further discussions with the US before signing Donald Trump's so-called "phase one" trade deal.

08:53
London open: Stocks fall as Brexit, trade concerns weigh on sentiment

London stocks fell in early trade on Monday as investors reassessed the Sino-US trade agreement reached last week, while worries about Brexit and uninspiring Chinese data weighed on sentiment.

19:13
Commodities: Trader caution on US-China trade and weak Chinese import data drag

Commodities gave back some of the prior Friday's gains with traders cautious as analysts pointed out that things could still change for the worse over the next three to five weeks as US and China tried to put their mini-trade deal into writing.

15:03
FTSE 100 movers: Evraz falls; WPP bounces back

London's FTSE 100 was down 0.6% at 7,206.74 in afternoon trade on Monday amid worries about Brexit and Sino-US trade relations.

21:19
US close: Stocks close lower as optimism around trade deal fades

US stocks closed slightly on Monday following a report that revealed China wanted to hold further discussions with the US before signing Donald Trump's so-called "phase one" trade deal.

07:40
London pre-open: Stocks to nudge up as pound slumps on Brexit woes

London stocks were set to nudge up at the open on Monday as sterling slumped amid renewed concerns about a Brexit deal.

13:56
JP Morgan sees upside for domestic UK and Irish banks in 'soft Brexit'

Equity analysts at JP Morgan sounded a more positive on the prospects for domestic UK and Irish banks should the country reach an agreement with the European Union withdrawal.

13:32
Monday broker round-up

Hochschild Mining: Berenberg upgrades to hold with a target price of 180p.

18:54
UK retail footfall down 10% in last seven years

The British Retail Consortium reported on Monday that UK retail footfall had fallen by more than 10.0% over the past seven years, due to high renting prices, a shift towards online shopping and political uncertainty.

13:21
Laura Ashley finance chief Sean Anglim to step down

Laura Ashley said on Monday that finance director and joint chief operating officer Sean Anglim has resigned after more than 20 years at the company.

18:35
Europe close: Caution sets in after Friday surge

European stocks were lower at lunchtime on Monday as investors grew sceptical about the progress made in Sino-US trade relations, while weak Chinese data highlighted the impact of tariffs.

11:52
China said to want further talks before signing Trump's 'phase one' deal

China reportedly wants to hold further talks with the US before signing US President Donald Trump's "phase one" deal on trade.

07:50
Ferrexpo will 'take any actions needed' over CEO allegations

Ferrexpo said it would “take any actions that are needed” in the interests of shareholders and the company over allegations surrounding chief executive and majority shareholder Kostyantin Zhevago.

12:56
US pre-open: Futures point to losses as positive trade news fades away

US stock futures pointed to a weaker open on Wall Street on Monday following a report that China wants to hold further discussions with the US before signing Donald Trump's so-called "phase one" trade deal.

07:28
Monday newspaper round-up: UK high streets, FirstGroup, Pizza Express

The number of shoppers heading to UK high streets, retail parks and shopping centres has fallen by 10% in the last seven years, the latest research shows. The trend was echoed in September, when retailers came under renewed pressure after heavy rainfall and Brexit worries kept consumers away, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Springboard data company. Retail footfall dropped 1.7% last month compared with the same month last year, and 1.6% on a three-month basis. – Guardian

17:20
US lawmakers mull legislation in support of Hong Kong demonstrators

US lawmakers are this week set to vote on three bills that would support pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, as protests in the city intensify.