The UK property market is in the strongest spring sellers' market for a decade with buyer demand remaining high and the stamp duty holiday extended, a Rightmove survey showed.
European shares finished a very strong week on a mixed note as longer-term government bond yields in the US snapped higher again.
Financial markets' focus will shift to the US and UK over the coming week, as rate-setters in both jurisdictions meet to decide on policy, on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Pakistan banned TikTok again in the country after reviewing a complaint accusing the popular video app of hosting immoral and objectionable content.
Banks were the strongest segment in the stock market at the end of the week, as government bond yields lurched back higher on both sides of the Pond.
The FTSE 100 ended the week 131. 05 points higher, as it closed at 6,761. 47 on Friday.
London stocks closed in a mixed state on Friday, with the top-flight index reversing earlier losses in afternoon trading, as investors pored through the latest UK GDP data.
Boeing announced on Friday that the private investment firm 777 Partners agreed to buy 24 of its 737 MAX airplanes.
Rathbone Brothers revealed on Friday that chairman designate Clive Bannister had acquired 15,300 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed wealth management service.
Financial advisory and property services consulting company Begbies Traynor has raised £22m, it announced on Friday, to help fund its acquisition of David Rubin & Partners.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on advertising firm WPP from 885. 0p to 925. 0p on Friday, stating there were "few surprises" in its actual full-year results.
Premier African Minerals announced the formal grant of an exclusive prospecting order over an area encompassing the Zulu lithium and tantalum claims in the Fort Rixon district of Zimbabwe on Friday, for three years from 12 March 2021 to 11 March 2024.
Petra Diamonds: Berenberg upgrades to buy with a target price of 2p.
US consumer sentiment improved by more than expected at the start of the month, led by improved expectations, the results of a very closely-followed survey revealed.
London’s FTSE 250 was down 0. 2% at 21,496. 26 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Wall Street trading began on a mixed note on Friday after President Joe Biden signed a $1. 9trn Covid-19 relief package into law overnight.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% at 6,758. 25 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Low-cost airline Jet2 confirmed on Friday that is eligible for up to £200m of funding under the Treasury and Bank of England's Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) as it hailed a rise in recent summer bookings.
Hummingbird Resources updated the market on the results of holes drilled at the Dugbe Gold Project by Pasofino Gold on Friday, reporting that all seven holes intersected gold mineralisation of the expected thickness and grade.
Almost a fifth of FTSE 100 boards have no members from ethnic minorities with less than a year to hit a target of at least one non-white director, a government backed review said.
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