European shares finished slightly lower on Thursday but off their worst levels of the session, weighed down by weakness on Wall Street following the release of a worse than expected reading for secondary jobless claims and on fading hopes for further US stimulus spending.
The Financial Conduct Authority urged banks and investment firms to improve measures for remote working and avoiding misconduct.
Financial markets' focus at the end of the week and heading into the end of the month will be on the latest durable goods orders data covering the month of August.
Credit Suisse reiterated its 'neutral' stance on shares of NatWest Group following a meeting the day before with the lender's finance chief.
London stocks finished in the red on Thursday, as investors digested details of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new measures to replace the furlough scheme.
Character Group updated the market on its trading for the year just ended on Thursday, reporting that the outcome for the second half had, as expected, been “considerably affected” by the UK lockdown.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity hiked their target price for Ferguson, even while conceding that the macroeconomic outlook for 2021 remained "uncertain".
Clean technology company Verditek has won its first order in the mining sector in Australia, it announced on Thursday, representing what it described as an “important new territory”.
Intellectual property investment company Tekcapital announced on Thursday that its portfolio company Salarius has signed a partnership agreement with FXM, to lead business-to-business sales and marketing of its ‘MicroSalt’ product in Mexico and Latin America.
West Africa-focussed exploration company Oriole Resources has signed a 3,000 metre diamond drilling contract with Capital, over its Bibemi exploration licence in Cameroon, it announced on Thursday.
Data analytics company Ixico has entered into a five-year collaboration with the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), it announced on Thursday, which it described as a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of scientific research leading to treatments and a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia (FA).
Atalaya Mining has started the permitting process to develop a 50MW solar plant at its Proyecto Riotinto, it announced on Thursday, with the full capacity of the solar project to be used for self-consumption.
Smart buildings software company SmartSpace Software has signed a distribution agreement with ESCO, it announced on Thursday, which it described as a “major” audiovisual integrator in east Asia.
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed on Thursday despite weekly jobless claims figures that some economists said showed that the jobs market was set to stall in October.
London’s FTSE 250 was down 1% at 16,824. 08 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
New home sales in the States jumped past forecasts last month and from a higher base on the back of upwards revisions to data for July.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 1. 3% at 5,823. 12 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
The government will look to stave off a potential wave of redundancies this autumn by topping up the wages of "viable jobs" when the furlough scheme comes to the end, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Thursday.
The Facebook Oversight Board said it plans to launch ahead of the US presidential election in November to monitor political content on the platform.
Centrica: JP Morgan upgrades to overweight with a target price of 60. 0p.
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