European stock markets were lower as investors braced for the likely start of Israel's ground invasion in Gaza, prompting traders to take some risk off the table going into the weekend.
London stocks ended on a downbeat note on Friday after a hotter-than-expected US inflation print overnight, and escalating oil and gas prices fuelled anxiety across the board.
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 105. 02 points, or 1. 4%, closing at 7,599. 60 on Friday.
Key personnel from DS Smith and Mattioli Woods were on the list of director dealings on Friday after both companies made regulatory announcements.
Shares on Wall Street were trading in mixed fashion as the uncertainty around the war between Israel and Hamas was offset by better-than-expected quarterly results out of three of the country's largest lenders.
Life sciences company Ondine Biomedical announced the expansion of the availability of its Steriwave nasal photo disinfection technology on Friday across various hospitals in Canada.
In-content advertising specialist Mirriad Advertising announced the appointment of Nicholos (Nic) Hellyer as its chief financial officer designate on Friday after recent strategic evaluations and a managerial reshuffle.
Clothing and homeware retailer Next said on Friday that it has agreed to buy FatFace for £115. 2m from a consortium of financial institutions.
Liberum has kept a 'buy' recommendation on Hays despite the recruitment firm failing to meeting expectations with its first-quarter results, but has trimmed its target price slightly from 125p to 120p.
Premier Miton Group issued an unaudited update on its assets under management (AuM) for the fourth quarter on Friday, reporting a closing AuM of £9. 8bn at the end of September, down from £10. 5bn on 30 June.
Consumer confidence in the U. S. soured at the start of October amid concerns about inflation, the results of a closely followed survey showed.
Base metal, gold and critical minerals explorer Rockfire Resources announced a precise drilling programme at its wholly-owned Molaoi zinc deposit in Greece on Friday.
Banking heavyweight Citigroup posted far better-than-expected results for its third quarter.
London’s FTSE 250 was down 1. 3% at 17,613. 20 in afternoon trade on Friday.
London’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,642. 29 in afternoon trade on Friday.
UK Oil & Gas updated the market on testing operations at the Pinarova-1 well on Friday, with testing set to resume in around four weeks.
TomCo Energy announced the raising of £0. 1m on Friday, in a bid to shore up finances for the plans of its subsidiary Greenfield Energy.
The cost of imported goods in the States rose by less than anticipated last month.
Wells Fargo reported a surge in quarterly earnings on Friday, as it benefited from sharply higher interest rates.
John Lewis said on Friday that it has appointed Martin Gafsen - currently interim corporate finance director at Royal Mail - as its new property and facilities director.
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