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Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on paving firm Marshalls from 740.0p to 790.0p on Monday, stating the group was "continuing to deliver".
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0.1% at 7,036.38 in afternoon trade on Monday.
Ryanair on Monday reported a better-than-expected annual loss of €815m due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but added there were signs the recovery had begun and it hoped to break even this year.
Wall Street stocks were in the red shortly after the open on Monday following the worst week for major US indices since February.
Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia-focussed exploration and development company Kefi Gold and Copper updated the market following recent press commentary in Ethiopia on Monday.
Visits to UK retailers rose slightly last week as shoppers returned to high streets despite the wet weather but made fewer trips to other shopping venues, a survey showed.
Markets in Asia closed in a mixed state on Monday, as investors pored through a slew of economic data out of China.
London stocks were set for a positive open on Monday as Covid-related restrictions in England ease further, but gains are expected to be muted amid concerns about the Indian variant.
Pfizer’s most senior UK executive has criticised the call to forgo patents on Covid vaccines, warning that it would lead to a global shortage of raw materials. Ben Osborn, who leads the American drugs giant in the UK, said an intellectual-property waiver was “not the answer”. “We would see a very rapid short-term impact,” he said. “It could allow any organisation to start procuring some of these basic raw materials across multiple countries.” Osborn, 44, said it could even mean that existing vaccine manufacturers — which include Astra Zeneca and US biotech venture Moderna — would be unable to fulfil their obligations to deliver doses. - Sunday Times
The Sunday Times's Sabah Meddings told readers to 'buy' shares of Royal Mail Group.