London's financial markets closed positively on Friday as investors digested the latest non-farm payrolls report out of the United States.
Windar Photonics revealed on Friday that non-executive director Paul Hodges had acquired 50,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed technology group.
European shares closed higher on Friday after a higher-than-expected rise in US non-farm payroll numbers last month boosted hopes that downward pressure on wages would help quell inflation and the need for more rate rises.
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 25. 12 points, or 0. 33%, closing at 7,554. 47 on Friday.
Global miner Anglo American on Friday outlined plans to cut operational costs by around $1bn by the end of 2024, reducing production by about 4% as near-term constraints and volatile market conditions continued to weigh on earnings and its share price.
Botswana Diamonds is set to launch its next phase of exploration, it announced on Friday, as it identified four anomalies near the KX36 project in the Kalahari region of Botswana.
UK Oil & Gas reported a positive financial development related to the Horse Hill oil field on Friday.
Nationwide Building Society has told 470 of its staff that they are at risk of redundancy, it emerged on Friday.
Wall Street stocks were in the green early on Friday as investors digested key data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
US consumer sentiment improved in December as worries about inflation receded, according to a survey released on Friday by the University of Michigan.
FTSE 250: 18,709. 93, + 0. 49% .
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 8% at 7,572. 67 in afternoon trade on Friday.
The US economy added more jobs than expected in November, according to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Commodities trading giant Trafigura will pay out $5. 9bn in dividends, it was confirmed on Friday, after annual profits surged on the back of volatility in the energy sector.
Afentra announced the successful completion of its acquisition of non-operating interests in Block 3/05 and Block 23, offshore Angola, from Sonangol on Friday.
Norway and Malaysia-focused exploration and production company Longboat Energy announced a significant development through its subsidiary Longboat Japex on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) on Friday.
Mining company Landore Resources announced the termination of its proposed non-brokered private placing and the deferment of its application to dual list its shares on the TSX Venture Exchange on Friday.
South Africa and US-focussed explorer and developer Lexington Gold has initiated its 2023-2024 drilling program at the Bothaville Project in the Witwatersrand Gold Basin of South Africa, it announced on Friday.
British private equity firm Epiris and Italian food manufacturer Newlat were said to be the two remaining bidders in the sale of tinned produce business Princes, which has been up for sale for months.
Team Internet Group has received approval from the High Court of England for the proposed cancellation of its share premium account as part of its capital reduction, it announced on Friday.
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