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Europe close: Stocks finish higher despite US-China trade tensions

Stocks in Europe finished higher despite Beijing's decision to halt purchases of some US agricultural imports pending the details of Washington's response to its decision to move ahead with a security bill for Hong Kong that observers say are in breach of its treaty obligations.

FTSE 100 movers: AB Foods rallies on Primark openings; Rolls-Royce recovers

London’s FTSE 100 was up 1% at 6,138.72 in afternoon trade on Monday.

Ted Baker seeks to raise £100m after £80m loss

Ted Baker announced its intention to raise about £100m in equity as the clothing brand plunged to an annual loss of almost £80m.

Eli Lily launches human trials for potential Covid-19 antibody drug

Eli Lilly has started human trials of potential treatment for Covid-19, the US pharmaceutical giant announced on Monday.

London pre-open: Stocks seen higher on positive Asian cues

London stocks were set for a firmer open on Monday, taking their cue from a positive session in Asia.

Cineworld’s recent relief rally overdone, says Morgan Stanley

Cineworld shares slid on Monday as Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to ‘underweight’ from ‘equalweight’ and slashed the price target to 60p from 180p, arguing that the recent relief rally was overdone.

AstraZeneca clears regulatory hurdles with 'Brilinta' and 'Lynparza'

AstraZeneca announced on Monday that ‘Brilinta’, or ticagrelor, has been approved in the United States to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke in high-risk patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) - the most common type of heart disease.

London open: Stocks rise amid relief over Trump statement

London stocks rose in early trade on Monday, with investors relieved that US President Donald Trump did not announce more drastic measures against China in his news conference last week.

Playtech gets regulatory approval for New Jersey launch

FTSE 250 gambling software company Playtech said on Monday that it has been granted regulatory approval by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to provide its casino product to the New Jersey market.

Fuller’s to issue £100m of commercial paper under CCFF

Fuller, Smith & Turner said on Monday that it will issue commercial paper for £100m under the Covid Corporate Financing facility to ensure it’s in "a strong position with significant liquidity headroom" to weather the coming months amid the ongoing closure of its pubs.

China halts some agricultural purchases over Washington's response to HK security law

China's two major state-run agricultural firms hit the pause button on purchases of some American agricultural goods, including soybeans, as officials in Beijing assess mounting tensions with the US.

Banks say up to half of 'bounce back' loans could default - report

UK banks have warned that up to half the £18.5bn "bounce back" loans they make to small businesses during the Covid-19 crisis are unlikely to be repaid, according to a report.

Capital & Counties to buy 26.3% stake in Shaftesbury for £436m

Capital & Counties Properties has agreed to buy a 26.3% stake in Shaftesbury for £436m.

FCA investigates Amigo as lender sues founder

Amigo said the Financial Conduct Authority was investigating its credit assessment process as the guarantor lender took legal action against its founder's company over an attempted boardroom coup.

Manufacturing output slumps as Covid-19 lockdown weighs

The UK manufacturing sector continued to struggle in May, a widely-watched survey showed on Monday, although the pace of decline eased following April's historic fall.

Balfour Beatty scraps final dividend

Balfour Beatty scrapped its final dividend after the Covid-19 lockdown had a material impact on the group's financial performance across its business.

De La Rue surges as it hails 'strong' start to year

De La Rue shares surged on Monday after the banknote and passport printer hailed a "strong" start to the new financial year, left its full-year expectations unchanged and said it had only seen limited impact form the coronavirus crisis.

AFC Energy to collaborate with construction form Acciona

Hydrogen power generation company AFC Energy announced a collaboration with Acciona on Monday, to field trial its ‘H-Power’ fuel cell platform as part of a strategy to decarbonise construction sites in Europe and elsewhere.

RSA and Hiscox participating in FCA Covid coverage test cases

Insurance firms including RSA and Hiscox responded to a statement from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on Monday, over the regulator’s business interruption insurance court proceedings, which were first announced on 1 May.

Sirius Real Estate to pay final dividend, Balfour Beatty to cancel distribution

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 82 points higher on Monday, having closed down 2.29% at 6,076.60.

31 May
Sunday newspaper round-up: Brexit, Toxic debt, SpaceX

The EU's chief negotiator has warned Boris Johnson that he must keep his promises if he wants to avoid the double economic hit of a no-deal Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. In an exclusive interview, Michel Barnier accuses the prime minister of backsliding on commitments made in the political declaration. Issuing an ultimatum, he warned that there would not be an "agreement at any cost". - Sunday Times

31 May
Sunday share tips: Capital Drilling, Boohoo

The difficult outlook in almost every sense has experts believing that conditions are set fair for the price of gold, which bodes well for gold miners as well as for those working for them, such as Capital Drilling, said the Mail on Sunday's Midas column.