Britain and the European Union finally agreed a trade deal on Thursday, after four-and-a-half years of tortured negotiations.
Wall Street stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday as market participants prepared to take a break for the Christmas holiday.
Payments company Network International Holdings said it would publish in January a response to criticisms by short seller ShadowFall over its $288m (£213m) acquisition of African business DPO Group and links to collapsed German fintech Wirecard.
European stocks broke for the holiday season marginally higher as investors were still awaiting the much-heralded "imminent" Brexit trade deal.
London stocks ended a shortened session just in the black on Thursday, as sterling rallied on expectations that a Brexit deal will be announced later in the day, on what felt like an otherwise sparkle-free, mostly Tier 4 Christmas Eve.
Industrial and property service provider Hargreaves Services announced the sale of its entire inventory of speciality coal to its German joint venture HRMS on Thursday, ending its material direct business interests in coal.
Oilex has entered into an amendment agreement to vary the repayment obligations for its series C loan of £0. 125m, it announced on Thursday.
Wall Street futures had stocks opening slightly higher ahead of the bell on Thursday as market participants prepared to take a break for the Christmas holiday.
Artificial intelligence (AI) data analytics company Ixico has been awarded a £3. 4m contract to run over 4. 5 years by an existing client, it announced on Thursday, for a spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA3) trial.
Molecular diagnostics company Yourgene Health announced on Thursday that Yourgene Genomic Services had been added to the UK government's approved Covid-19 private testing providers list for the ‘Test to Release for International Travel’ scheme introduced on 15 December, and also for general coronavirus testing.
As the City and Britons in general awaited news on a Brexit deal, Capital Economics said in a note that a trade deal was unlikely to boost financial markets any further, with the UK still on course for a "relatively hard" Brexit.
Alternative capital provider Duke Royalty announced a follow-on investment of €1. 1m (£1m) into its existing royalty partner, BHPC Limited, doing business as BHP.
Randall & Quilter announced on Thursday that its wholly-owned subsidiary Randall & Quilter II Holdings has agreed to acquire, subject to regulatory approval, the entire issued share capital of Vibe Services Management, Vibe Corporate Member (VCML), and Vibe Syndicate Management (VSML).
Injection-moulded plastic products company Coral Products has entered into a share purchase agreement for the conditional sale of Coral Products Mouldings (CPL) and Interpack, it announced on Thursday.
Chinese regulators have launched an anti-monopoly investigation into technology giant Alibaba and will also look into its online finance spinoff, Ant Group.
Asiamet Resources has signed a conditional binding share purchase agreement with privately-held Indonesian company PT Wasesa Indo Nusa (PT WIN), it announced on Thursday, to acquire its wholly-owned subsidiary Indokal.
Most markets finished higher on Christmas Eve, as investors watched for developments on the Brexit front, while Alibaba shares slid amid reports that Chinese authorities were set to investigate the company.
BHP said on Thursday that its Samarco Mineração joint venture with Vale had met the licensing requirements to restart operations at its Germano complex in Minas Gerais and its Ubu complex in Espírito Santo, Brazil, and had commenced iron ore pellet production.
European stocks crept into positive territory on Thursday, distinctly underwhelmed by the prospect of a Brexit trade deal becoming reality, although fish once again appeared to be snagging confirmation.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said a "last-minute hitch" related to the "small text" of a fisheries agreement was delaying the announcement of a Brexit deal, but insisted that a deal will be reached on Thursday.
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