Investors' focus on Thursday would be on a raft of US economic reports.
European shares jumped on Wednesday as investors reacted positively to the release of a batch of much stronger than expected US economic data.
London stocks finished in the green on Wednesday, with the FTSE 100 briefly breaking the 8,000 level for the first time during the session, as investors mulled a dip in UK inflation and a better-than-expected rise in US retail sales.
Native in-game advertising technology specialist Bidstack announced the appointment of Thomas Bullen as its new chief financial officer on Wednesday.
Fabless semiconductor specialist Sondrel reported revenue growth of 116% year-on-year in a trading update on Wednesday, with 2022 revenue totalling £17. 5m.
UK-based oil and gas explorer Clontarf Energy announced a potential 50-50 joint venture with US-based technology company NEXT-ChemX (NCX) on Wednesday.
London’s FTSE 100 breached the 8,000 mark for the first time on Wednesday, thanks in part to a weaker pound.
Commerce platform Bango announced a new deal with Japan employee benefits provider Benefit One on Wednesday.
Analysts at Peel Hunt reiterated their 'buy' recommendation for shares of Hargreaves Lansdown following the firm's full-year numbers, telling clients the results were "well ahead of expectations".
LED lighting, electronic and electro-mechanical system designer and manufacturer LPA Group announced a record orderbook of £34m on Wednesday, with the receipt of a £5. 3m order for the supply of electro-mechanical products to the UK rail industry.
Serinus Energy announced on Wednesday that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) had released the final merits award over Serinus Energy Romania’s arbitration case against its former partner in the Satu Mare concession, Oilfield Exploration Business Solutions (OEBS), and awarded in favour of Serinus.
Rocky Mountains oil and gas company Zephyr Energy reported a positive fourth quarter and full-year update on hydrocarbon production and cash flows from its non-operated portfolio in the Williston Basin of North Dakota on Wednesday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 5% at 7,996. 46 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, having earlier breached the 8,000 level.
CAP-XX announced the launch of the ‘DMV750’ ultra-thin 2. 2mm prismatic 3V supercapacitor on Wednesday, for internet-of-things (IoT), medical and other mission-critical electronic devices.
Mercantile Ports & Logistics (MPL) announced the successful handling of the first container freight at its port and logistics facility in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on Wednesday.
Mid-tier gold producer Pan African Resources reported a fall in its first-half production of gold on Wednesday, to 92,307 ounces from 108,085 ounces year-on-year.
Barclays Bank said annual profits fell 14%, driven by poor performance at its investment unit, a rise in debt impairment provisions and the costs of a massive trading error in the US.
Wall Street stocks were in the red early on Wednesday as market participants digested stronger-than-expected retail sales numbers.
Reginal airline Flybe, which collapsed into administration last month, will be wound down after rescue talks failed.
Asset management consultancy MJ Hudson said on Wednesday that chief executive officer Matthew Hudson has resigned with immediate effect.
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