The market spotlight on Wednesday was likely to be on the so-called JOLTS labour market survey in the US.
Premium confectioner Hotel Chocolat has signed a new strategic partnership agreement with Tokyo-based Eat Creator Corporation, it announced on Tuesday.
Bathroom retailer Victorian Plumbing has signed an agreement to enter into a 20-year lease for a new, 544,000 square foot, purpose-built distribution centre in Lancashire, it announced on Tuesday, near to its existing operations.
In-game marketing technology company Bidstack said on Tuesday that, under the commercial agreement with Azerion Technology announced on 17 December 2021, it had performed its obligations and issued invoices which it expected would meet market expectations for the 2022 financial year.
Helium One Global said on Tuesday that the current operator of the Exalo drill rig in southern Africa had amended their contract with Exalo to allow for an extension of their operations for a period of up to 12 months.
Caribbean and Americas-focussed oil and gas company Challenger Energy updated the market on recent regional developments on Tuesday, noting that Uruguay's national energy company Ancap announced on 27 December that a further two offshore blocks had been awarded following competitive bids in its second 2022 open round.
Predictive genetics specialist GENinCode announced California state licensing approval and CLIA certification of its Irvine laboratory on Tuesday, enabling it to provide its products for the risk assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to patients across 49 states in the US.
The new-year rally in European shares continued on Tuesday helped by better than expected inflation and labour market data from Germany.
Outlays on construction in the US grew by more than expected in November even as public sector spending and on residential construction fell.
FTSE 100: 7,546, up 1. 28% at 1550 GMT.
Stocks in London managed a positive finish to the first trading session of the year, helped by a drop in sterling and amid optimism around the reopening of the Chinese economy.
FTSE 250: 19,161. 49, up 1. 59% at close.
An economic recession in the US, while likely, would probably not be severe, a former top Federal Reserve official reportedly said.
Hutchmed China announced on Tuesday that it has completed patient enrollment for ‘ESLIM-01’, a pivotal phase 3 clinical trial of sovleplenib for the treatment of adult patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in China.
Greencoat Renewables has agreed to acquire 22. 5% of the Butendiek offshore wind farm in Germany from Marguerite Pantheon, it announced on Tuesday.
Germany's labour market continued to exhibit resilience last month, possibly due in part to companies' reluctance to lay off workers.
Wall Street stocks were little changed on Tuesday as market participants continue to search for direction in 2023.
Operating conditions in the US manufacturing sector recorded their steepest drop at the end of 2022 since may 2020, revised survey readings showed.
Hikma Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorised generic version of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ ‘Xyrem 1’, or sodium oxybate oral solution, it announced on Tuesday.
Ince Group updated the market on its disposal of Arden Partners on Tuesday, reporting that it had now received the approval of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
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