The coming week will be back-end loaded, with a raft of key survey results for manufacturing and services sector due out on Friday in many of the world's key economic regions.
European stocks finished moderately higher on Friday as investors continued to hold out hope for progress on US stimulus measures.
London stocks closed in positive territory on Friday, as investors mulled the latest UK GDP data, although travel and leisure plays remained under the cosh.
The FTSE 100 ended the week 100. 46 points higher, closing at 6,589. 79 on Friday.
The battle for London-listed security services firm G4S could be settled via auction if GardaWorld and Allied Universal do not make revised bids by 20 February.
Ideagen revealed on Friday that chairman David Hornsby had disposed of 2. 58m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed software firm.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity raised their target price on householder MJ Gleeson from 810. 0p to 850. 0p on Friday after the group's interim results confirmed "a good recovery" from 2020's initial lockdown.
Virgin Galactic stock fell on Friday after it announced a delay in a spaceflight test that was scheduled for over the coming weekend.
US consumer confidence weakened a tad towards the beginning of February with the lowest income households the least upbeat, the results of a very closely-followed survey revealed.
London’s FTSE 250 was flat at 21,007. 04 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Altus Strategies has received 10 million fully-paid ordinary shares in ASX-listed Canyon Resources, it announced on Friday.
Medical, security screening and nuclear-focussed detection technology company Kromek announced a fundraising of up to £13m before expenses on Friday, in a bid to de-risk and commercialise its biosecurity and pathogen detectors, among other things.
Wall Street stocks were in the red early on Friday but major indices still looked set to round out the week with some modest gains.
Investment company FastForward Innovations has invested AUD 1m (£0. 56m) in a placing undertaken by Little Green Pharma, an ASX-Listed, vertically-integrated medicinal cannabis business with operations from cultivation and production through to manufacturing and distribution.
The fight against climate should be "mostly good" for the S&P 500, strategists at Bank of America argued, pointing out the gargantuan costs for humanity, even if mostly over the truly long-term, should we fail.
Gold exploration and development company GoldStone Resources announced on Friday that the Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency has granted the environmental permit for its Homase South Pit within the AKHM project.
Huawei is seeking a court order to access HSBC records in a bid to stop its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, from being extradited from Canada to the US.
Russia Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov warned in an interview on Friday that his country is ready to sever ties with the European Union if needed.
PayPal CFO, John Rainy, said in an interview with CNBC on Friday that it was unlikely that the company would buy cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
Liberum initiated coverage of shares of John Laing on Friday with a ‘buy’ rating and 350p price target.
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