The market spotlight over the coming week will remain over the conflict in Ukraine with Russian forces expected to soon launch an offensive even as calls for Europe to reduce its dependence on Russian energy grow louder.
Travel stocks paced gains on the stock market at the end of the holiday-shortened week, led by WizzAir after the Eastern Europe-focused low cost carrier told investors that it was putting the pandemic behind it.
European stocks finished the week mostly on an up note as the European Central Bank stuck to a more 'dovish' policy bias than some observers had been expecting.
London stocks closed firmer on the last day of a short week on Thursday, after the European Central Bank stood pat on interest rates.
The FTSE 100 ended a short week - truncated by Good Friday - down 53. 18 points, closing at 7,616. 38 on Thursday.
US consumer sentiment unexpectedly improved in April, according to a survey released on Thursday by the University of Michigan.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank slashed their target price on clothing retailer Asos from 3,850. 0p to 2,900. 0p on Thursday, stating there were "a number of challenges" facing the stock's investment case.
Enteq Technologies was at the top of a short list of buys on Thursday afternoon, after its chief executive officer invested almost £21k.
Wall Street stocks were mixed early on Thursday as market participants digested quarterly earnings from a number of the country's largest banks.
North American coal miner Bens Creek announced on Thursday that its BC Operations subsidiary has entered into a coal sublease agreement with Star Ridge Land.
Technology investor Pires updated the market on the performance of one of its investments, Pluto Digital, which had grown its assets by around £30m over six months.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 4% at 21,074. 40 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Clinical-stage pharmaceutical company Poolbeg Pharma reported on the strengthening of its intellectual property (IP) for its ‘POLB 002’ asset on Thursday - a first-in-class, intranasally-administered RNA-based immunotherapy for respiratory virus infections.
Azerbaijan-focussed gold, copper and silver producer Anglo Asian Mining reported first quarter gold production of 10,040 ounces at its Gedabek contract area in an update on Thursday, down from 11,907 ounces a year ago.
Texas-focussed oil and gas company Nostra Terra announced the start of drilling operations on its new, wholly-owned Grant East Lease in the Permian Basin on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% at 7,614. 07 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Goldman Sachs flew past analysts' estimates for first quarter earnings.
Citigroup beat first-quarter profit and revenues expectations on Thursday as the banking giant benefited from surging volatility amid the Ukraine war.
Sound Energy updated the market on its operations on Thursday, reporting progress at Tendrara after its wholly-owned Morocco East subsidiary issued a notice to proceed to Italfluid Geoenergy.
Oilex updated the market on its operations in India on Thursday, in particular the Cambay field.
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