Asia close: Geopolitical headlines dampen sentiment, China real estate and HK casino operators in focus
Stocks in Asia Pacific failed to catch a bid despite the bounce put in by Wall Street overnight.
Initial US jobless claims rose unexpectedly during the previous week.
American consumers retrenched less than feared last month despite the impact from the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Manufacturing conditions in the US mid-Atlantic region exceeded forecasts by a wide margin in September, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
European stocks finished higher on Thursday as a positive update out of RyanAir, Europe's largest airline, which served to lift some of the gloom hanging over the sector.
Online trading platform operator IG Group said on Thursday that it had delivered a "strong first-quarter performance", driven by the size and quality of its client base.
Intellectual property company IP Group said on Thursday that portfolio company Oxford Nanopore Technologies had confirmed its intention to proceed with an initial public offering and the signing of a strategic memorandum of understanding and a cornerstone investment agreement with Oracle Corporation.
New car registrations plunged across Europe in August and July, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, principally driven by worldwide semiconductor shortages.
Energy firm Good Energy has rebuffed yet another "hostile and highly opportunistic offer" from Ecotricity that it claims significantly undervalues the business.
Biotechnology company Novacyt warned on first-half revenues on Thursday as a result of its ongoing dispute with the US Department of Health and Social Care.
The Co-op has inked a partnership with ecommerce giant Amazon that will allow customers across the UK to do their entire grocery shop online via Amazon Prime with same-day delivery.
Sky customers across Scotland saw their internet connection drop out around about 1300 BST on Thursday.
London stocks managed to close in the black by midday on Thursday, with a strong showing from the likes of Rolls-Royce and Ashtead lending support.
Wall Street stocks were in the red early on Thursday as investors digested last month's retail sales report and a bigger-than-expected increase in initial jobless claims.
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