European shares dipped into negative territory by the close after a solid first half to the day on Wednesday, amid thin between-the-holidays trade with little corporate news and economic data to drive sentiment.
London stocks ended firmly in the black on Wednesday, having hit their highest level since February 2020 amid hopes that Omicron will be less severe than previous Covid variants.
Fulham Shore managing director Nabil Mankarious was at the top of both the buying and selling sides of the ledger on Wednesday.
US pending home sales unexpectedly fell in November, according to data released on Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors.
Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry was put on notice by the consumer technology giant on Wednesday, amid growing concerns over working conditions at its plant in southern India.
US stocks were higher at the opening on Wednesday as investors digested data showing America’s trade deficit widened to a record high, while Omicron Covid variant cases continued to surge.
Mill commissioning at Fresnillo's Juanicipio joint venture in Mexico has been delayed by six months after the state electricity company said it could not give the go-ahead for connection to the national power grid due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Oil and gas exploration and production company Pharos Energy announced on Wednesday that the Egyptian Parliament has approved the third amendment to its El Fayum Concession Agreement.
Honey and craft spirits producer British Honey Company confirmed on Wednesday that the extended collaboration agreement with Florida-based List Distillery, first announced in June last year, ended on 28 December.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund has acquired a “significant share” of the publishing rights of American country singer-songwriter Niko Moon, it announced on Wednesday.
Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust has invested £2. 5m and agreed to provide up to a further £7. 5m in development funding for nine newly-formed joint venture onshore wind farm development companies, it announced on Wednesday, with specialist UK onshore wind developer Wind 2.
Lukoil announced on Wednesday that it had concluded a sale and purchase agreement with Gazprom Neft for a 50% equity share of Gazprom Neft’s wholly-owned subsidiary Meretoyakhaneftegaz.
European shares were still holding onto gains within view of record highs at midday on Wednesday despite thin trade with little corporate news and economic date to drive sentiment.
London stocks were still in the black by midday on Wednesday amid hopes that Omicron will be less severe than previous Covid variants, although volumes were thin as many traders remained away from their desks until after the new year.
United Oil & Gas updated the market on the drilling of the Al Jahraa-13 development well in the Abu Sennan licence, onshore Egypt on Wednesday.
UK gas and infrastructure operator IOG updated the market on Southwark drilling operations on Wednesday, having expected the first Southwark development well to spud by the weekend of 19 December, following the repair of the Noble Hans Deul rig.
Sound Energy has entered binding conditional agreements over $18m of phase one Tendrara LNG development loan note financing, it announced on Wednesday.
Marine service provider James Fisher and Sons reiterated its full-year profit guidance on Wednesday as it said it has received all outstanding funds relating to its suspended liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique.
Cadence Minerals has entered into a binding settlement agreement with the secured bank creditors of DEV Mineração, the owner of the Amapa iron ore project in Brazil, it announced on Wednesday.
US stock futures edged ahead ahead of Wednesday's opening bell in quiet trading over the holiday period, as investors remained optimistic that the Omicron Covid variant would not harm the economy despite surging case numbers.
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