European shares finished on a mixed note on Wednesday as investors took heart from positive Covid-19 vaccine news in the US, offset by uncertainty ahead of a key meeting between the UK Prime Minister and European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, to thrash out a Brexit deal.
Markets' focus on Thursday will be squarely on Europe, especially on the outcome of the previous night's discussions between the Prime Minister and European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, to try and unblock a Brexit deal.
London stocks closed marginally higher on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson headed to Brussels to discuss Brexit over dinner with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage of Cranswick on Wednesday at 'sector perform'.
Mind Gym revealed on Wednesday that non-executive director Ruby smith had acquired 32,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed training solutions provider.
Cybersecurity technology company Osirium Technologies announced a contract win with another regional UK ambulance service on Wednesday.
Analysts at Berenberg kicked off coverage of SSP Group with a recommendation to 'hold', judging that the risk/reward balance was "evenly balanced" following the shares' recent run higher - although they did like the long-run opportunities that they offered.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 2% at 19,918. 14 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Gold may be in for a bumpy ride over the medium to long-term if institutional investors continue to shift away from the yellow metal and towards Bitcoin, a JP Morgan strategist argued.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% at 6,576. 78 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Medical device company Creo announced the first in-human clinical use of its ‘MicroBlate Fine’ device, believed to be the world's smallest fine needle microwave ablation device available for clinical practice.
Wall Street stocks were broadly flat at the bell on Wednesday after markets reached record highs in the previous session.
Natural resources development company Red Rock updated the market on its operations on Wednesday, reporting that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was expecting to finish the first phase of its geophysical exploration programme at the copper-cobalt prospect at Kisinka near Lubumbashi this week, with the completion of the planned 70. 95 line-kilometre ground magnetic survey.
National Grid: Citigroup upgrades to buy with a target price of 970p.
Enterprise communication technology company Mobile Tornado has signed a partnership agreement with global LTE telecoms solutions firm Telrad Networks, it announced on Wednesday, for an integrated, end-to-end solution for ‘push-to-talk’ (PTT) communication over broadband.
People who have severe allergies should not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, the UK regulator has announced.
Shares in Marshall Motor Holdings powered ahead on Wednesday after the car dealership upgraded its full-year profit guidance.
Cardtronics shares surged on Wednesday after the US ATM operator said it had received a $31. 00 per share in cash buyout offer from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and Hudson Executive Capital.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on real estate investment trust NewRiver from 75. 0p to 90. 0p on Wednesday but noted that prospects for the group's two segments, retail and pubs, remained "materially differentiated".
Analysts at JP Morgan reiterated their 'overweight' stance on shares of equipment rental outfit Ashtead following second quarter financials that beat consensus on every line, including its "exceptionally strong" free cash flows and upwardly revised guidance for rental revenues and cash flows.
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