The world stops for no one. Stock markets in London and New York will remain closed at the end of the week in observance of Good Friday and many traders will be away from their desks throughout the week.
TalkTalk is facing a queue of potential suitors, it was reported on Friday, amid a global storm of telecom consolidations.
London stocks closed well above the waterline on Friday, locking in gains for the week as banks and commodity plays underpinned the top-flight index.
The FTSE 100 ended the week 131. 66 points higher, closing at 7,669. 56 on Friday.
European shares held gains on Friday at the end of a volatile week dominated by the war in Ukraine.
Equity strategists at Bank of America called into question European stocks' rally from the selling that ensued after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Bellway was at the top of the list of buys on Friday, after a share purchase worth almost £0. 51m was linked to its chairman.
Goldman Sachs downgraded Robinhood Markets on Friday to ‘sell’ from ‘neutral’ and cut the price target to $13 from $15, sending shares of the online trading platform tumbling.
Immunodiagnostics company Oncimmune announced the signing of two new commercial contracts for its ‘ImmunoINSIGHTS’ platform on Friday.
Clinical-stage oncology drug company Avacta announced on Friday that AffyXell Therapeutics - its joint venture with Daewoong Pharmaceutical - has entered into a collaboration agreement with Chinese biological drugs developer Biocytogen and the Korea Non-Clinical Technology Solution Center (KNTSC).
Scirocco Energy updated the market on its Tanzania oil and gas operations on Friday, reporting that operations were progressing on the Ruvuma PSA, where it has a 25% non-operated interest.
HSBC downgraded its recommendation on shares of inspection, product testing and certification group Intertek on Friday, slashing the price target to 5,700. 0p from 6,500. 0p.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 4% at 21,124. 38 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Alaska-focussed 88 Energy said on Friday that the ongoing assessment of play fairways onto its Project Icewine acreage, where it holds a 75% working interest, was progressing as planned.
Energy storage manufacturer Invinity announced success in a test-and-validation programme with Korea’s Hyosung Heavy Industries on Friday, and the subsequent signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a “global partnership”, with an exclusive relationship in Korea.
Wall Street stocks were mixed after the opening bell on Friday as major indices were on track for a losing week as market participants continued to weigh the chances of a more aggressive stance against inflation by the Federal Reserve.
Renalytix announced the completion of a $30m (£23. 06m) financing package on Friday, to support its growth and for general working capital.
Property finance asset manager LendInvest said in a trading update on Friday that platform assets under management, which represents deployed capital, increased 36% through the financial year just ended.
Premier Miton Group reported £12. 8bn in closing assets under management at the end of its second quarter on Friday, down from £13. 9bn three months earlier.
Pool wagering specialist Webis announced on Friday that its primary United States subsidiary WatchandWager has signed a contract with the owners of the Arizona Downs racetrack in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
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