Financial markets' focus on Thursday will be on global manufacturing sector conditions in March, including on either side of the Atlantic.
European shares were little changed in the final session of the quarter, albeit following a three-month run that had seen benchmarks in Germany and France advance by nearly 10%.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced that the phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine tests on teenagers ages 12 to 15 were 100% safe and effective.
Hikma: Jefferies upgrades to buy with a target price of 2,870p.
Daimler AG is pressing ahead with its structural realignment and accelerating its shift towards electric mobility with the aim of turning its full offering CO2-neutral as quickly as possible.
The European Union expects to receive 107m doses of the coronavirus vaccine by the end of March, 30m of which will be of that developed by Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
London stocks finished below the waterline on Wednesday, with little in the way of corporate news to drive markets, as investors mulled the latest UK GDP reading.
Synthomer said on Wednesday that chief executive Callum MacLean had acquired 31,979 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed chemicals group.
Premier African Minerals updated the market on progress and the funding strategy to be applied in the development of both Premier and Zulu Lithium and Tantalum Limited.
Xtract Resources updated the market on exploration work at the Racecourse mineral resource on the Bushranger copper-gold exploration project in the Lachlan Fold Belt of New South Wales, Australia on Wednesday, reporting that a geophysical crew was on its way to the site.
Biopesticide and crop protection technology company Eden Research announced on Wednesday that its partner in Spain and Portugal, Sipcam Iberia, has received authorisation for the sale of its bio-fungicide in Spain for use on a range of new crops, for the control of a larger number of fungal pathogens.
Analysts at Jefferies upgraded drugmaker Hikma Pharmaceuticals from 'hold' to 'buy' on Wednesday, stating the group's share price was yet to reflect "a series of upcoming product catalysts".
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target on construction firm Vistry Group from 1,210. 0p to 1,270. 0p on Wednesday, stating there was still more gains to come despite the stock's recent rise.
Economic activity in the Chicago area improved more than expected in March, according to data released on Wednesday.
Deliveroo shares tanked on its market debut on Wednesday, with more than £2bn wiped off the company’s valuation within minutes of the opening bell.
Wall Street trading was mixed early on Wednesday as investors awaited more details about Joe Biden's infrastructure spending plan.
Fuller, Smith & Turner announced on Wednesday that it was looking to raise around £53m in a share placing to help with the reopening of its pubs in April, as it said full-year revenues are expected to be down 80% on the year.
London’s FTSE 250 was flat as a pancake in afternoon trade on Wednesday, at 21,575. 02.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 4% at 6,748. 07 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Lloyd’s of London said it expected 2020 payouts for insurance claims related to the Covid-19 pandemic to hit £6. 2bn as it reported pre-tax net losses of £0. 9bn in an “extremely challenging year”.
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