Wall Street stocks closed lower on Thursday as tech stocks resumed their downward descent.
Financial markets' focus at the end of the week will shift back to the UK, where investors will be eyeing the release of a raft of economic data, alongside the ongoing Brexit talks with Brussels.
Stocks across the Continent finished the session slightly lower as early gains on Wall Street reversed and amid heightened volatility in currency markets.
London stocks finished below the waterline on Thursday, as investors pored through the latest interest rate decision from the European Central Bank.
Alpha Fx Group revealed on Thursday that chief executive Morgan Tillbrook had disposed of 2. 71m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed currency and payment solutions group.
Higher demand for business continuity services appears to have become a structural trend for Computacenter, Barclays said as it increased its price target for the IT infrastructure company.
Clinical artificial intelligence (AI) company Sensyne Health has appointed Michael Macdonnell to its senior management team, it announced on Thursday, as its chief operating officer.
Exploration and development company Bacanora Lithium updated the market on activities at its Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico on Thursday, reporting that the pilot plant had completed the bulk sampling required for the plant and engineering designs.
Precious and base metals exploration and development company Greatland Gold updated the market on Newcrest's drilling campaign at Greatland's Havieron deposit in the Paterson region of Western Australia on Thursday.
Onshore Caribbean, Latin America and Europe-focussed energy and natural resources company Ascent Resources updated the market on its portfolio on Thursday, having served the Republic of Slovenia with a notice of dispute setting out its position on its treatment in the country.
Cell-based therapeutics developer ReNeuron Group updated the market on its trading on Thursday, reporting that patient dosing had now started in the US in the expanded phase 2a clinical trial of its hRPC cell therapy candidate in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) patients.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 1% at 17,619. 45 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Wall Street stocks opened higher on Thursday following the release of this week's jobless claims data.
The United Nation’s Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said on Thursday that countries should help raise $35bn to fund the World Health Organisation's Covid-19 programme.
The United States revoked visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals, denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks, the State Department said on Wednesday.
The European Central Bank poured cold water on expectations for further easing and that it would push pack on recent strength in the single currency.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% at 6,008. 74 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Westmount has purchased 1,550,000 common shares in JHI Associates, it announced on Thursday, by issuing 18,290,000 new ordinary shares, representing 12. 7% of its enlarged issued share capital.
Hargreaves Lansdown: Deutsche Bank upgrades to hold with a target price of 1,600. 0p.
Initial US jobless claims were unchanged over the most recent week although secondary claims did edged higher, with some economists saying that the labour market had "stalled".
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