Concerns about prospects for the housing market deepened as activity stayed strong in the short term, a RICS survey showed.
UK business sentiment is "stuck in the doldrums" as the Covid-19 crisis and worries about the economy weigh on bosses' minds, according to a survey.
Cyclicals paced gains on Wednesday with Construction and Mining issues faring best.
Mining and banking stocks were pacing gainers on the top-flight index in the middle of the week on the back of continued hopes for near-term support for the economy from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The focus in financial markets on Thursday will be split between the European Central Bank and the US jobs market.
European stocks finished the session on a mixed note as investors pondered US President Donald Trump’s sudden decision to end talks with Democrats on a stimulus package.
Only 2% of employees wish to return to offices full time after the coronavirus pandemic is over, a survey from Smartway2 revealed.
Gains for the likes of First Group and National Express helped keep the second-tier index in positive territory, with the FTSE 250 edging up by 0. 02% to 17,801. 75 by the close.
Stocks in London finished roughly flat on Wednesday as investors digested the somewhat contradictory news around talks for a fourth stimulus package on Capitol Hill.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity raised their rating on software firm GB Group from 'hold' to 'buy' on Wednesday, citing a possible upside to consensus estimates.
Fulcrum Utility Services said on Wednesday that non-executive director Jonathan Turner had acquired 1. 07m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed infrastructure and services provider via his interest in Bayford Group.
Pub operator Greene King said it was cutting up to 800 jobs and closing 79 pubs and restaurants, blaming the government's new Covid-19 curfew and impending end of the job furlough scheme.
Wall Street stocks clawed back yesterday's losses following the bell on Wednesday amid conflicting messages from the President regarding his stance on further economic stimulus payments.
Europe's main drug regulator has begun a 'rolling review' of data for BioNTech and Pfizer's BNT162b2 Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
There is cause for optimism regarding the probable endgame for talks between Brussels and London on Britain's withdrawal from the single currency bloc.
Just Eat Takeaway shareholders have approved the company's takeover of Grubhub but rejected a multimillion dollar pay package for Grubhub's boss Matthew Maloney.
GB Group: Canaccord upgrades to buy with a target price of 870. 0p.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley said that upside to share prices for for Big Oil stocks was beginning to materialise, even as it warned clients that it was best to wait before turning more positive on the space.
Stocks are holding higher despite the surprise decision overnight by the US President to halt talks on Capitol Hill aimed at agreeing on a fourth fiscal stimulus package and even as Brexit talks with Brussels remained logjammed.
Analysts at Berenberg reiterated their 'buy' rating on real estate developer Urban & Civic on Wednesday, stating there was "significant upside" to its "misunderstood" model.
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