Financial markets' focus on Thursday will continue to be on Ukraine.
Retail footfall strengthened in February, industry data showed on Thursday, despite the impact of storms Dudley and Eunice.
London stocks finished in positive territory on Wednesday as market participants tried to stay on top of the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bank of Georgia Group had multiple entries on Wednesday’s list of buyers, after a company connected to one of its directors picked up four more tranches of shares.
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its non-member allies approved a further increase in their combined production and said that the recent oil price surge was not the result of market fundamentals but of "geopolitical developments".
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1. 1% at 20,716. 86 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their target price on aerospace and defence outfit Senior from 180. 0p to 150. 0p on Wednesday, stating that while the firm was "well-positioned", its shares also appeared to already be "fairly valued".
SpaceandPeople announced on Wednesday that it has extended its commercialisation agreement with state-owned railway infrastructure operator Network Rail for the provision of exhibitions, events and distribution activity for a further year, until March 2023.
Cloud-based cybersecurity technology company Osirium Technologies updated the market on its customer acquisitions to-date in the first quarter on Wednesday, confirming that it had won a total of nine new customers in January and February.
West Africa-focussed Cora Gold updated the market on exploration at its portfolio of gold assets in southern Mali on Wednesday, reporting a new surface gold discovery at its flagship Sanankoro Gold Project in previously-unexplored areas seven kilometres from the ‘zone A’ deposit.
Major indices traded mostly higher at the open on Wednesday as Russia's ongoing incursion of neighbouring Ukraine continued to push the price of oil higher.
Azerbaijan-focussed gold, silver and copper producer Anglo Asian Mining announced the discovery of a new sub-vertical gold vein, ‘Hasan’, to the south of the main Gosha gold mine on Wednesday.
Russian officials said that they were ready to hold further talks with Ukraine but that it remained to be seen if Ukrainian officials would show up.
Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining announced the European Raw Material Alliance’s (ERMA) official support for the Greenland-based Dundas Ilmenite Project on Wednesday, enabling it to secure supply of Dundas ilmenite for end users within the European Union.
Engineering firm Weir Group said on Wednesday that both full-year revenue and operating profits had ticked up slightly thanks to a double-digit increase in orders.
Safestay announced the end of its strategic review and formal sale process on Wednesday, having announced its intention to consider its strategic options - including the possibility of a sale of the business - in September.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 1. 2% at 7,417. 72 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Molecular diagnostics company Genedrive said on Wednesday that its chief financial officer Matthew Fowler would be leaving it and stepping down from the board on 19 April.
Executive search and interim management company Norman Broadbent said in a trading update on Wednesday that group net fee income had decreased “slightly” year-on-year, by 5% to £5. 9m.
The US central bank will likely go ahead and begin to tighten policy when it next meets, despite the "high uncertainty" around the war in Ukraine.
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