Future paced the bounce on the second-tier index after telling shareholders it still expected to meet its targets for the first half, thanks to solid trading up to 31 March and the specialist media and publishing company's diversification.
The British government unveiled an income guarantee for workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic covering up to 80% of salaries in a socialist gamble unthinkable a week ago.
Stocks were higher again at the end of the week, with some investors apparently eyeing a possible opportunity to wade into the market, although many also remained wary.
The UK government ordered all cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants to close from Friday night to stop people congregating and increasing the risks of spreading the coronavirus.
London stocks managed to finish just above the waterline on Friday, having slowly lost much of their earlier gains through the afternoon, as investors welcomed central bank intervention but continued to digest the tidal wave of Covid-19 profit warnings and dividend cancellations.
The FTSE 100 ended the week down 167. 42 points at 5,156. 33.
Glencore updated the market on its operations on Friday, saying that its “scale and diversity” meant the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus varied by location.
Former Google employee Anthony Levandowski, pleaded guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets from the tech giant under a plea agreement reached with the US District Attorney.
Stocks on Wall Street started the session modestly higher as investors waited on news of Congress's fiscal stimulus package against the coronavirus pandemic.
American Airlines announced on Friday that it would use passenger planes to fly cargo-only flights to Europe over the course of the next few days.
London pubs, restaurants and cinemas will be told to close on Friday, according to the Telegraph.
Social distancing would need to be maintained during at least half of the year to stop intensive care units and the NHS from being overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, said government advisers.
Premium chocolatier Hotel Chocolat raised £22m in a share placing on Friday as it looks to combat a decline in footfall due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Resolute Mining has executed documentation for a new flexible low-cost syndicated loan facility with a maximum limit of $300m, it announced on Friday.
Pan African Resources updated shareholders on Friday, saying that a range of awareness, risk mitigation and prevention strategies had been rolled out across its operations amid the escalating Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Stocks across the Continent are holding onto moderate gains heading into the weekend after the head of the European Central Bank said policy-makers in Frankfurt stood ready to ramp up asset purchases further and amid reports that Germany was preparing a large fund to help see firms through the coronavirus crisis.
Asda, the UK unit of US supermarket giant Walmart, and German chain Lidl said they planned to hire more than 7,500 temporary employees who have been laid off elsewhere due to Covid-19.
Bunzl: Credit Suisse downgrades to underperform with a target price of 1,195p.
Russian gold producer Trans-Siberian Gold updated the market on its operations and approach on Friday, amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Economies around the world have some tough choices to make in the face of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, if the experience of China is anything to go by, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday.
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