The number of empty shops in the UK rose during the last three months of 2020, industry data showed on Friday, as the Covid-19 pandemic closed stores and weighed heavily on customer demand.
European shares managed to finish higher on Thursday after a sharp sell-off on Wall Street during the preceding session, as investors continued to fret about more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on another raft of economic data that is due out Stateside.
London stocks finished in a mixed state on Thursday, as worries about the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccine rollout dented sentiment.
Paperchase announced a rescue deal that will allow it to survive with a slimmed-down presence on the high street.
The European Union should explore legal means to secure supplies of Covid-19 vaccines if companies do not deliver them on time and if negotiations with pharmaceutical companies prove unsuccessful, the European Council President, Charles Michel, said on Thursday.
New home sales in the US rose a bit less quickly than expected at the end of 2020 as the rising number of Covid-19 infections took its toll.
Jefferies upgraded its stance on shares of Aveva on Thursday to 'buy' from 'hold' and hiked the price target to 4,500. 0p from 4,000. 0p.
Sanne Group revealed on Thursday that chairman Rupert Robson had acquired 12,239 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed alternative asset services firm.
Advanced materials company Haydale Graphene has signed a sales representation agreement with Qinhuangdao ENO High-Tech Material Development Company, it announced on Thursday.
Energy data and software company Getech announced on Thursday that, following an external recruitment process, Richard Bennett would join its board as non-executive director and chairman-designate, with immediate effect.
Xtract Resources updated the market on Thursday on the second hole in the first phase of diamond drilling at the Racecourse Mineral Resource on the Bushranger porphyry copper-gold exploration project, in the Lachlan Fold Belt of New South Wales, Australia.
North America-focussed base and precious metals company Phoenix Copper updated the market on the Empire Mine on Thursday, reporting that the optimisation of the mine’s open pit economic model and feasibility study was now “materially advanced”.
German health officials recommended only administering the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University to people under the age of 65, citing "insufficient data".
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% at 20,329. 47 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Analysts at Berenberg cut their target price on mining outfit Fresnillo to 1,000. 0p from 1,200. 0p on Thursday following some disappointing guidance.
Jefferies upgraded its stance on shares of Aveva on Thursday to ‘buy’ from ‘hold’ and hiked the price target to 4,500p from 4,000p .
Wall Street stocks were firmly in the green at the open on Thursday following a heavy sell-off in the previous session and some better than expected jobless claims numbers.
Barclays upgraded its stance on Ladbrokes owner Entain to ‘overweight’ from ‘equalweight’ on Thursday, lifting the price target to 1,600p from 1,500p as it said the company’s joint venture with US casino operator MGM Resorts, BetMGM, is undervalued.
Two large online trading platforms moved to limit trading in shares of GameStop and other companies that had been caught up in the recent 'melt-up' in their share prices.
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