Financial markets' attention over the coming week will be on what is being billed as a potentially make-or-break week for Brexit negotiations.
European stockmarkets were mostly higher on Friday with investors encouraged by warm words from the White House on a new stimulus package.
Precious metals miners paced the advance on the second-tier index with Hochschild Mining one of the best performing issues during the session, alongside Egypt-focused Centamin.
Rolls Royce shares topped the leaderboard for London's top-flight index on Friday and ahead of the long weekend stateside, extending their recent rally from bombed-out levels.
Stocks in London finished in the green on Friday, after the Trump administration in the US changed tack overnight, voicing support for a broad stimulus package for the economy.
The FTSE 100 ended the week 114. 53 points higher, at 6,016. 65.
HSBC is set to target net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest and is expected to provide between $750bn and $1trn in financing to help clients make the change.
The UN’s World Food Programme was awarded the nobel peace prize this year for its efforts to combat famine around the world and improve conditions for peace in wartorn areas.
Members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies said on Friday that the new planned restrictions for the north of England are not effective enough.
Analysts at Jefferies sounded a positive note on Euronext's acquisition of Borsa Italiana from the London Stock Exchange Group, highlighting both the price paid and the strategic rationale behind the transaction.
Premier Miton Group updated the market on its unaudited statement of assets under management for the fourth quarter on Friday, reporting closing assets under management of £10. 6bn at 30 September, up from £10. 3bn on 30 June.
Speciality pharmaceuticals company Diurnal Group announced a proposed conditional placing with institutional investors to raise up to £8m before expenses on Friday, at a price of 60p per share, and an open offer to raise up to a further £2m.
Analysts at Berenberg slightly lowered their target price on aerospace and defence giant Rolls-Royce from 270. 0p to 250. 0p on Friday ahead go the group's £5. 0bn "reset".
Medical devices company RUA Life Sciences announced on Friday that its subsidiary RUA Vascular, which is developing ‘Elast-Eon’ sealed vascular grafts and cardiac and vascular patches, had made further progress on both the regulatory and commercial pathways towards product launch.
Anpario revealed on Friday that group finance director Karen Prior had disposed of 56,064 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed animal health and nutrition group.
Women’s health-focussed biopharmaceuticals company Ovoca Bio announced the appointment of Christopher Wiltshire as its chief business officer and executive director of the board on Friday, effective immediately.
Wall Street stocks opened higher on Friday as market participants continued to wait for details regarding a new potential stimulus bill.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill is on the brink of administration putting about 24,000 jobs at risk, according to reports.
Oil, gas and oilfield services company Star Phoenix updated the market on its oilfield services operations on Friday, reporting that it had further cut the ongoing costs of its RRDSL division in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kazakhstan-focussed cement company Steppe Cement reported third quarter revenue of KZT 11. 11bn (£20. 1m) on Friday, which was 5% higher than the same quarter in 2019.
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