Financial markets' focus will shift towards this side of the Pond on Thursday as two top European Central Bank officials take to the podium against a backdrop of rising government bond yields.
ExxonMobil announced on Wednesday it would sell its non-operating interest in its UK and North Sea exploration and production assets to private-equity fund HitecVision in a deal worth over $1bn.
European shares finished higher on Wednesday as stronger-than-expected German economic growth drove gains, investor sentiment was still tempered by inflationary fears.
London stocks finished in the green on Wednesday as sterling was mixed, with results from the likes of Reckitt Benckiser and Lloyds in focus.
JP Morgan Cazenove has initiated coverage of renewable energy specialist ITM Power with an 'overweight' rating.
Stenprop revealed on Wednesday that chief executive Paul Arenson had purchased 1. 0m ordinary shares in the London-listed industrial property company via his interest in Saruga Investments.
President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Wednesday to address a global semiconductor chip shortage that has automakers around the world, including those in the US, forced to cut production.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1% at 21,266. 26 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
MicroStrategy announced on Wednesday the purchase of just over $1bn worth of additional bitcoin.
Natural resources company Jangada Mines has sold two million of its common shares in ValOre Metals at a price of 30 Canadian cents per share, it announced on Wednesday, providing it with gross proceeds of CAD 0. 6m (£0. 34m).
Joby Aviation, the 12-year-old electric air taxi startup will go public in a $6. 6bn reverse merger with blank check company Reinvent Technology Partners.
Nigeria and West Africa-focussed gas exploration and production company Lekoil announced on Wednesday that Mayfair Assets and Trusts, in which it has a 90% economic interest, had received a letter from Optimum Petroleum Development Company, the operator of the OPL 310 licence, proposing to terminate the cost and revenue sharing agreement on the licence.
Wall Street stocks were in the red early on Wednesday as rising government bond yields continued to draw investor attention.
Latin America-focussed upstream oil and gas company Echo Energy updated the market on operations at its Santa Cruz Sur assets, onshore Argentina on Wednesday, reporting that following continued improvements in market conditions, it had agreed with the Santa Cruz Sur partners to capital expenditure to upgrade and debottleneck the existing liquids pipelines in the assets.
Greencore: HSBC upgrades to buy with a target price of 170p.
Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine got a boost on Wednesday in the form a positive evaluation from America's Food and Drug Administration.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 6,634. 83 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Advanced materials company Haydale Graphene reported a 5% fall in group revenues in its interim results on Wednesday, to £1. 28m.
Jefferies initiated coverage of Gamesys and 888 with a ‘buy’ rating on Wednesday as it took a look at the gaming sector.
Footfall across all UK retail destinations is set to surge once non-essential stores and outdoor hospitality reopens in April, according to retail analysts Springboard.
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