Investors' focus at the end of the week will be on a raft of survey data for manufacturing and services around the world.
Cyclicals topped the leaderboard, led by lenders' shares as government bond yields around the developed world extended their recent rises.
Wall Street stocks finished firmer on Thursday, as the upcoming US election and stimulus talks were firmly in focus.
London stocks reversed earlier losses to close higher on Thursday, as investors cheered an expansion of the Chancellor’s job support scheme to cover more workers in areas under tier-2 restrictions.
Liberum cut its price target on Moneysupermarket. com to 335. 0p from 355. 0p on Thursday following the price comparison website’s third-quarter update.
GB Group revealed on Thursday that chief executive Chris Clark had disposed of 140,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed data intelligence outfit.
Secure Trust Bank updated the market on its third quarter on Thursday, reporting that the easing of lockdown restrictions in June had resulted in a “strong rebound” in demand for its lending products.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 5% at 17,878. 55 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Countrywide has secured a £90m lifeline, the estate agent and property services firm confirmed on Thursday, as it looks to cut debt and shore up its balance sheet.
America's housing market continued to be in rude health last month, figures from a key business lobby group showed.
Wall Street stocks opened lower on Thursday as the upcoming US election and stimulus talks were firmly in focus.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% at 5,773. 23 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Talks between US lawmakers to thrash out a new fiscal stimulus package are progressing and may be ready soon, the top Democrat in Congress said.
Neuroscience data analytics company Ixico has secured new contracts in Huntington's disease clinical trials.
Abcam: Berenberg downgrades to hold with a target price of 1,180p.
New regulations for gambling ads in the UK could include a ban on the use of celebrities as the crackdown on marketing targeting under-18s continues.
Weekly jobless data in the States surprised to the downside with both initial and secondary claims retreating, alongside downwards revisions to the figures for the preceding week.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered ABCAM to 'hold' from 'buy' on Thursday, highlighting what it called "the real Covid-19 impact".
West End landlord Shaftesbury slumped on Thursday after announcing plans for a discounted cash call to help it weather the Covid-19 pandemic.
Liberum cut its price target on Moneysupermarket. com to 335p from 355p on Thursday following the price comparison website’s third-quarter update.
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