The focus over the coming week will be on what some are billing as a potentially key five-day stretch for Brexit talks.
Technology issues paced losses in London trading at the end of the week as investors were caught in the downdraft from sharp selling in the space across the Pond.
Stocks across the Continent finished the week on a down note going into the long Labor Day holiday Stateside, weighed down by a renewed bout of selling on Wall Street.
London stocks had turned lower by the close on Friday, as investors digested the latest non-farm payrolls report from the US, and following a tech-led sell off on Wall Street overnight and weakness in the UK housebuilding sector.
The FTSE 100 ended the week down 164. 49 points at 5,799. 08.
The FTSE 250 was down 0. 61% to 17,352 as of 1627 BST, against a backdrop of broad-based selling around the world, but especially on Wall Street ahead of the Labor Day holiday, with doubts about the pandemic, a possible second-dip recession and the upcoming elections - amongst other concerns - all nagging investors.
Barclays upgraded Hikma Pharmaceuticals to 'overweight' and increased its price target on the company's shares after a US court ruled in favour of the generic drugmaker's treatment for heart conditions.
Exploration and development company Power Metal Resources updated the market on its six existing projects and two projects under due diligence on Friday.
Advance Energy announced on Friday that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Resolute Oil & Gas UK, and Holywell Resources, in which it has a 25% interest, have each been awarded a 50% working interest in block 43/25 and part-blocks 43/29, 43/30, 48/4 and 48/5 in the Oil and Gas Authority's (OGA) 32nd Offshore Licensing Round.
Benchmark Holdings said on Friday that chief executive Trond Williksen had acquired 180,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed veterinary services company.
Russia-focussed oil and gas exploration and production company Zoltav announced on Friday that the terms of the loan agreement with ARA Capital Holdings have been amended, to extend the final repayment date to 31 December 2020.
The World Health Organization said on Friday it does not expect widespread vaccinations for Covid-19 until at least mid-2021.
Moderna is slowing the enrollment of volunteers in its phase three clinical trial for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in order to ensure that minorities, who are among the most at risk population groups, are adequately represented.
Deutsche Bank upped its price target on Anglo American to 2,500p from 2,200p on Friday, keeping the rating at ‘buy’.
Wall Street stocks were lower at the open on Friday as yesterday's tech rout looked set to carry on for another session.
Oil companies are set to ramp up their plastic production in a move to offset the shift towards renewable energy sources.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% at 5,847. 03 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Russia's Covid-19 vaccine candidate generated an immune response without any adverse side effects, according to a peer-reviewed study.
US non-farm payrolls rose by a bit less than expected last month, but unemployment undershot economists' forecasts by a wide margin.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is likely to extend his furlough job support programme beyond October to avoid major economic scarring from a surge in unemployment, Morgan Stanley said.
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