UK consumer confidence edged up in November despite the rising cost of living but households' view of their own finances remained weak, a survey showed.
The US economy was "roaring" back but the pandemic remained very much front and centre, a top Federal Reserve official said.
European shares slipped on Thursday with a late wave of selling knocking German and French issues off their record highs amid talk of fresh lockdown measures in the euro area's largest economy and that China was mulling the release of some of its strategic oil reserves.
Initial jobless claims remained relatively stable in the week ended 13 November, according to the Labor Department, potentially signalling that the elevated level of layoffs seen during the Covid-19 pandemic may have plateaued.
It will be the UK consumer´s turn in the market spotlight at the end of the week.
London stocks closed in a mixed state on Thursday, with energy shares still under pressure even as oil prices began to rebound.
The fast-spreading variant of Covid-19 recently detected in the UK may be less likely to cause symptoms, the results of new research showed.
Henry Boot chief executive Timothy Roberts' wife Sarah acquired 35,500 ordinary shares in the London-listed construction company.
Unilever has agreed to sell its global tea business, ekaterra, to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for €4. 5bn.
Mobile content and data intelligence provider Mobile Streams announced on Thursday that its LiveScores Argentina service generated more than $14,000 in revenue from around 6,000 downloads in October.
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) warned on Thursday that professional scepticism and management challenges were still the two key areas of deficiency among audit firms.
Analysts at Barclays raised their estimates for Diageo's first half sales and profits, saying that they underestimated the company's potential.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 4% at 23,536. 55 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 6% at 7,247. 77 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank reiterated their 'hold' recommendation for shares of Aston Martin Lagonda following a visit to the carmaker's Gaydon headquarters.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has given the buyer of Babcock’s international offshore oil and gas aviation business five days to address competition concerns.
Specialist drug discovery and development company ImmuPharma reported “significant” positive progress on Thursday, following major changes to its board and a restructuring of senior management in August.
Financial advisory and business recovery service company Begbies Traynor reported a “strong” financial performance in its first half on Thursday, with group revenue increasing to £52m from £37. 5m year-on-year.
Wall Street stocks were mixed early on Thursday as market participants digested this week's jobless claims figures from the Labor Department and earnings from Nvidia and Macy's.
Wall Street futures were in the green ahead of the bell on Thursday after chipmaker Nvidia's forecast-beating earnings overnight.
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