Stocks across the Continent rebounding at the end of the week following the thrashing endured during the prior session - but only feebly.
The spotlight over the coming week will be firmly on central banks, especially at home, with the Bank of England set to approve a £100bn increase in the size of its asset purchase facility to £745bn.
Time Out Group revealed on Friday that chairman Peter Dubens had acquired 2. 29m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed media business.
London stocks remained just above the waterline by the close on Friday, despite the release of dire UK GDP data and concerns about a second wave of coronavirus infections, following heavy losses in the previous session.
The FTSE 100 ended the week down 379. 12 points at 6,105. 18.
Deutsche Bank downgraded its stance on shares of specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ and cut its price target to 2,200p from 2,700p after full-year results on Thursday.
Countryside Properties: Berenberg reiterates buy with a target price of 360p.
Consumer confidence in the States improved for a second consecutive month but almost half of Americans were already expecting a renewed downturn over the longer-term due to a resurgence in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wall Street stocks attempted to bounce back from the previous day's losses on Friday, registering strong gains at the bell.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1. 4% at 17,202. 30 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Air Partner's successfully raised cash at the end of the week with the aim of pairing its debt and boosting its working capital position.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 1. 2% at 6,150. 53 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Informa was hit by a shareholder revolt over its chief executive's pay in the second protest about outsized pension contributions at a FTSE 100 company in two days.
Analysts at Berenberg said on Friday that they were "encouraged" by Countryside Properties' handling of impacts stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The world's economy is recovering more slowly than expected from the Covid-19 pandemic which is also likely to leave enduring scars, the world's watchdog for financial stability said.
Budget airline Ryanair was on course for a €200m - €300m (£179m - £269m) loss this financial year after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Friday.
The cost in the US of goods purchased from overseas jumped last month as energy prices rebounded, alongside a small increase in those for non-fuel imports.
Virgin Atlantic became the latest airline to come under fire from customers after it admitted they would not receive refunds for coronavirus-related flight cancellations for four months.
Investors' view of Just Eat Takeaway's purchase of Grubhub in the US should turn positive as they take a closer look at the deal, UBS said as it reiterated its 'buy' rating on Just Eat's shares.
Miniature wargames manufacturer Games Workshop said on Friday that its recovery since re-opening has been better than expected and that full-year profit and sales are set to be ahead of 2019.
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