The focus on Thursday will be firmly on the Bank of England as it announces its latest monetary policy decision and releases its latest forecasts for the UK economy.
London stocks finished in positive territory on Wednesday, amid expectations of further coronavirus stimulus in the US, as gold prices hit a new high.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on IT services management group Keywords Studios on Wednesday from 1,700. 0p to 2,250. 0p after the group's first-half numbers came in ahead of expectations amid an improving outlook.
America's shortfall in trade on goods and services shrank sharply in June as exports bounced back at roughly twice the speed as purchases from overseas.
Analysts at ShoreCap upgraded their recommendation for shares of Tesco from 'hold' to 'buy' following what they termed a "robust" first quarter trading update from the grocer.
Sunrise Resources announced on Wednesday that the Nevada Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation (BMRR) had issued its notice of final decision to grant the required mine reclamation permit at the CS Project.
Senior revealed on Wednesday that chairman Ian King had acquired 207,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed aerospace and defence firm.
Analysts at Liberum upgraded construction and regeneration firm Morgan Sindall from 'hold' to 'buy' on Wednesday following some detailed guidance from the group.
Sberbank structured a trade finance deal with Egyptian authorities for the purchase of wheat, its first ever.
Carnival said on Wednesday that it will extend the pause of cruises setting off from US ports until the end of October due to the coronavirus pandemic, in line with the decision announced earlier by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Services sector activity in the US outpaced economists' forecast in July, extending its recovery into a second month, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Life sciences company OptiBiotix Health has extended the terms of its original exclusive licence agreement for ‘OptiBiome’ with OptiPharm, it said on Wednesday, which was initially announced on 31 March.
Creative audio-visual company MediaZest has raised £0. 15m before expenses, it announced on Wednesday, to provide it with additional working capital.
Bar and restaurant operator Loungers said on Wednesday that it has now re-opened all 165 sites in its estate, with the exception of Cosy Club in Leicester.
Wall Street stocks opened higher on Wednesday as market participants looked to Washington for news on another Covid-19 stimulus package and thumbed over a slew of data releases.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1. 4% at 17,543. 75 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
The Scottish government has reimposed partial lockdown conditions in Aberdeen to deal with a Covid-19 cluster in the city.
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to supply 100m doses of its investigational Covid-19 vaccine to the US in the latest deal between the government and drug companies.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 8% at 6,084. 29 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
The US labour market recovery slowed sharply in July as the private sector added 167,000 jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report.
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