Stocks across the Continent drifted lower heading into the weekend, weighed down by what on the face of it appeared to be a disappointing US jobs report for the month of December.
Stocks are registering small gains heading into the week's key economic data, the monthly US non-farm payrolls reprot for December.
London stocks finished lower as investors on either side of the Atlantic digested what at first glance appeared to be a disappointing US non-farm payrolls report for the month of December.
Berenberg upgraded Polymetal International to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ on Friday and lifted the price target to 1,480p from 1,140p following a rally in gold prices.
Hansa Investment revealed on Friday that chairman William Salomon had purchased 100,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed trust.
The flow of economic data will pick up considerably in all jurisdictions over the coming week, although the signing of the phase-one trade deal between China and the US may steal the spotlight.
The FTSE 100 ended the week down 34. 55 points at 7,587. 85.
Analysts at Liberum lowered their rating and slashed their price target on British construction products supplier SIG from 150. 0p to 100. 0p on Friday following the group's profit warning a day earlier.
Analysts at RBC Capital Markets raised their price targets on a number of British pub and restaurant chains on Friday but noted that the sector now appeared to be fairly valued.
A prototype for a Segway "transporting pod", it’s multi-million-dollar wheelchair, has crashed during the first public demonstrations.
The battle for Just Eat ended on Friday as shareholders of the online food delivery service approved a £6. 3bn merger with Dutch rival Takeaway. com.
Shares of Aston Martin sped higher at the end of the week following news that China's Geely had held talks with the iconic carmaker's management regarding a potential investment.
Nigeria and West Africa-focussed oil and gas exploration and production company Lekoil announced on Friday that the site survey on OPL 310 had started, on behalf of Optimum Petroleum Development Company, the operator of the licence, and Lekoil Nigeria, a member of the group.
London’s FTSE 250 was down 0. 1% at 21,616. 05 in afternoon trade on Friday.
America's economy generated fewer jobs than expected as hiring in both manufacturing and services cooled, alongside only modest wage growth.
Surface Transforms updated the market on its trading for the seven months ended 31 December, being the end of its new truncated financial year as it announced on 15 August.
Wall Street trading began on a positive note on Friday, with the Dow Jones briefly breaking the psychologically-important 29,000 point level despite the release of a disappointing jobs report.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 7,606. 17 in afternoon trade on Friday as investors mulled the latest US non-farm payrolls report.
The latest official assessment of progress of the Crossrail project in London was released on Friday, suggesting the new central London service would now be delayed until the summer of 2021.
Residential and commercial construction ventilation products supplier Volution Group announced on Friday that Peter Hill would retire as its non-executive chairman and as a non-executive director on 31 March.
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