Britain's retail industry called on the government to support troubled businesses during the latest lockdown after visits to stores almost halved in the crucial months before Christmas.
Wall Street stocks finished in positive territory on Thursday, after Joe Biden was confirmed by Congress as the 46th President of the United States, hours after a mob incited by the incumbent stormed and occupied the Capitol building.
Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from Covid-19 can help many older patients suffer a severe illness, a clinical study showed.
All eyes will be on the monthly US non-farm payrolls report at the end of the week, which most economists - but not all - expect to show a further slowing in hiring as Covid-19 restrictions continue to bite.
European shares added to the prior session's gains on Thursday as investors were cheered by the prospect of a larger US stimulus package after the Democrats took control of Congress and Joe Biden's presidential election win was confirmed amid extraordinary scenes in Washington.
Activity in US services beat forecasts by a large margin according to the results of a closely-followed survey.
London stocks managed to climb back into positive territory by the close on Thursday, after Joe Biden was confirmed by Congress as the 46th President of the US.
Arbuthnot Banking Group revealed on Thursday that non-executive director Nigel Boardman had acquired 2,078 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed private banking company.
Alba Mineral Resources said on Thursday that the exploration licence for its Limerick Base Metals Project has been renewed until 26 May 2022.
Jefferies upgraded its ratings for DS Smith and Smurfit Kappa shares to 'buy' as the broker predicted positive trading for packaging companies due to eCommerce and environmental pressures.
PetroTal said on Thursday that, following the restart of operations of Petroperu's Northern Oil Pipeline (ONP), oil production at the Bretana oil field was currently 9,500 barrels per day, and was expected to reach 10,000 barrels per day in the coming days.
Analysts at Bank of America reiterated their 'buy' stance on shares of B&M European Value Retail arguing that the new lockdown in the UK should buoy the firm's sales.
Wall Street stocks opened higher on Thursday after Joe Biden was confirmed by Congress as the 46th President of the United States, hours after a mob incited by the incumbent stormed and occupied the Capitol building.
FirstGroup surged on Thursday following a report that EQT Infrastructure - the infrastructure arm of Swedish private equity firm EQT - had joined the race for the £2. 5bn US operations of the London-listed transport operator.
US gross domestic product growth will likely "slow significantly" in the first quarter of 2021 before picking up again later in the year, a top US central bank official said.
JP Morgan upgraded Credit Suisse to 'overweight' as part of a "barbell" approach to the European banks that excludes UK lenders.
America's shortfall on trade with the rest of the world widened more than expected in November, in part amid stockpiling of cell phones and other household goods by firms ahead of the Christmas holidays.
London’s FTSE 250 was flat at 20,967. 40 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 2% at 6,829. 47 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Unemployment claims dipped in the US during the latest week for which data was available.
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