The focus on Thursday will likely be on news overnight that US lawmakers were indeed narrowing their differences on the proposed size of a fourth government spending package, despite the looming elections on 3 November.
A late rally in European stocks was overwhelmed by selling just before the close, although the Continent's main stockmarket indices did all manage put in gains for the quarter - save in Spain.
London's top-flight index ended the third quarter on a down note, slipping 0. 53% to 5,866. 1, partly due to a late sprint higher in Sterling of 0. 3% to 1. 2901 against the US dollar.
Stocks in London closed on a mixed note on Wednesday, after what Neil Wilson at Markets. com termed an "unedifying" televised debate between White House hopefuls Donald Trump and Joe Biden overnight.
The second-tier index ran up into the close of the last trading day of the third quarter, buoyed in part by better-than-expected readings for second quarter UK gross domestic product as well as for house prices and business sentiment in September.
Artificial intelligence-based software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound announced on Wednesday that GE Healthcare has launched its new AI-enhanced women's health ultrasound system, ‘Voluson SWIFT’.
Specialist engineering group Pressure Technologies updated the market on a new contract award and a milestone delay on an existing contract on Wednesday, confirming that its Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC) division has secured a significant contract of more than £3m, to supply nitrogen storage solutions to EDF Energy for several UK nuclear power plants.
Orosur Mining announced on Wednesday that it has been informed by Newmont that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines, under which the two companies would jointly assume and advance Newmont's prior rights and obligations over the Anzá Project in Colombia on a 50-50 basis, with Agnico as operator of the joint venture.
Leak detection and remediation technology company Water Intelligence announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to reacquire its franchise operation in Brisbane, Australia, within its American Leak Detection (ALD) subsidiary.
Mining company Chaarat Gold updated the market on the current situation in Armenia on Wednesday, where it has an operating mine, in the wake of military action between Azerbaijan and the country.
Molecular diagnostics company Genedrive announced on Wednesday that its ‘Genedrive 96’ SARS-CoV-2 kit has received approval from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, having been submitted for evaluation in June.
Potash development company Kore Potash announced on Wednesday that, following its recent equity fundraise, work has started on the definitive feasibility study for its DX Project in the Sintoukola Basin.
San Leon Energy updated the market on its proposed investment in Decklar Petroleum and the Oza Field in Nigeria on Wednesday, which it initially announced at the beginning of September.
Integumen has signed a memorandum of understanding with Detroit-based non-profit organisation Water Rising Institute, it announced on Wednesday, to enter a legally-binding three-year framework agreement.
Oil and gas exploration and production company Enwell Energy updated the market on the Ukraine legal proceedings relating to the Svystunivsko-Chervonolutskyi exploration licence on Wednesday.
Edinburgh-based property investment and development company Caledonian Trust updated the market on its proposed sale of St Margaret's House on London Road in Edinburgh to Drum Property Group on Wednesday.
Altus Strategies announced the results of a mineral resource estimate at its Tabakorole gold project in southern Mali on Wednesday.
Stocks on Wall Street gained some traction on the last trading day of the third quarter on optimism that there was bipartisan support for another fiscal stimulus bill before the 3 November elections.
Security group G4S on Wednesday rejected £2. 97bn cash offer from rival GardaWorld as “opportunistic”, having rebuffed an earlier similar bid from the Canadian outfit.
Berenberg has retained its ‘hold’ rating on Royal Dutch Shell, but warned downgrades to earnings forecasts were likely.
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