FTSE 250: 19,346. 36, up 1. 11% at 1514 GMT.
Investors' focus on Thursday was expected to begin settling more firmy on the US labour market with two closely-followed indicators set for release.
Ongoing and wholly unexpected declines in energy quotes globally buoyed stocks towards their first half 2022 levels, in part as unusually mild weather continued across the Continent.
Activity in the US manufacturing sector cooled a bit more but roughly as expected during the last month of 2022, the results of a closely-followed survey showed.
London’s stock markets finished in positive territory on Wednesday, as eurozone PMI data indicated the recession may not be as deep as expected, and investors sifted through some data from across the pond.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their target price on telecommunications giant BT Group from £1. 90 to £1. 60 on Wednesday, stating "all eyes" will be on pricing moves.
Live Company announced a number of new events under its ‘Bricklive’ banner on Wednesday, having inked deals with two new partners.
Analysts at ShoreCap upgraded their recommendation for shares of Frontier Developments from 'hold' to 'buy', telling clients that they were anticipating record sales over the 2023 financial year and a step-change in profitability.
A top US central bank official laid out on Wednesday his reasoning for the need to raise interest rates by more than financial markets were currently anticipating.
E-sports and gaming specialist Gfinity announced on Wednesday that its wholly-owned Athlos Game Technologies subsidiary has entered a one-year rolling commercial agreement with global mobile game operator Playgendary.
Natural resources explorer and developer Corcel has entered into a farm-out and joint venture agreement with ASX-listed Riversgold, it announced on Wednesday, covering its recently-acquired rare earth elements project at Mt Weld in Laverton, Australia.
A key gauge of labour market tightness in the US was little changed towards the end of 2022, contrary to expectations, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Mining company Vast Resources announced on Wednesday that it achieved a 47% quarter-on-quarter overall increase in copper concentrate production in the fourth quarter, as well as a 248% increase in copper concentrate sold and a 35% increase in copper concentrate grade from its Baita Plai polymetallic mine in Romania.
Narrowband mesh network specialist CyanConnode announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, CyanConnode India, has received an order from Montecarlo for 983,525 ‘Omnimesh’ modules, together with advanced metering infrastructure, standards-based hardware, Omnimesh head-end software, a perpetual licence, and a support and maintenance contract.
FTSE 100: 7,581. 34, up 0. 36% at 1502.
UK-focussed onshore hydrocarbon explorer, developer and producer Union Jack Oil announced on Wednesday that material landmark net revenues of $12m have been achieved from the Wressle development, within licences PEDL180 and PEDL182 in North Lincolnshire, on the western margin of the Humber Basin.
United Oil & Gas announced the completion of drilling operations on the ASW-1X exploration well in the Abu Sennan licence, onshore Egypt on Wednesday.
Wall Street stocks were in the green early on Wednesday as market participants looked ahead to some key data points later in the session.
United States-focussed Phoenix Copper reported assay results from a further two metallurgical core holes at its Empire open-pit copper project in Idaho’s Custer County on Wednesday.
Mortgage approvals in Britain plunged much more than expected in November, according to fresh data on Wednesday, as the fallout from the ill-fated mini-budget of the short-lived Truss administration lingered.
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