Investors' attention on Thursday will be on a spate of survey results covering conditions in the manufacturing and services sectors in the UK and euro area during the month of November.
Weakness in the oil patch after OPEC+ delayed its next ministerial meeting amid a squabble over production quotas weighed on the FTSE 350.
London markets closed with a mixed performance on Wednesday, influenced by the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and big moves from the likes of Sage and Kingfisher.
European stocks rose on Wednesday as a fairly muted reaction to the UK government's Autumn Budget was offset by Thanksgiving-fuelled positive start on Wall Street.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch highlighted JD Sports' "superior market position" in a research note on Wednesday, which it said was not reflected in its current share price.
The UK chancellor has announced plans to sell off part of the government's stake in high street lender NatWest to retail investors in the coming year.
Staffline revealed on Wednesday that a PCA of interim chairman Thomas Spain had acquired 2. 0m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed recruitment group.
Johnson Matthey was among the best performers of the day on the FTSE 250 after the chemicals group raised the outlook for its full-year underlying operating performance despite posting a drop in first-half sales and profit due to lower precious metal market prices.
Asset manager Blackstone confirmed on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy software developer Civica from Partners Group for an undisclosed sum.
Wall Street stocks were in the green early on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed that monetary officials were in no rush to start cutting interest rates.
Americans' confidence in the economy worsened in November, offset by improved attitudes regarding their personal finances.
The U. S. jobs market tightened unexpectedly during the preceding week.
Plant Health Care said in a trading update on Wednesday that market conditions in the broader agriculture sector had deteriorated over the year, particularly in recent months, leading to a downgrade in its expectations.
Tissue conversion specialist Accrol reported a solid first-half performance in a trading update on Wednesday, having experienced continuous volume growth.
Science Group said in a trading update on Wednesday that it was optimistic that its adjusted operating profit for 2023 would meet expectations.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 3% at 7,456. 99 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
Orders for goods made to last more than three years staged a big drop last month, but only because of a downdraft in those for civilian aircraft and parts.
Mineral explorer and developer Ariana Resources updated the market on the Dokwe Gold Project - a venture of Rockover Holdings - on Wednesday.
The Chancellor has announced a raft of measures intended to boost business investment and grow the economy, including cutting business taxes and National Insurance.
Analysts at Berenberg slashed their target price on TV software and hardware maker Videndum from 1,055. 0p to 500. 0p on Wednesday following its completion of a fully underwritten £125. 0m gross equity raise a day earlier to reflect the group's latest trading and the impact of the equity injection.
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