UK consumer confidence edged higher in December, a long-running survey showed on Friday, as people became more optimistic for the year ahead.
Wall Street stocks added to the previous session's gains triggered by more dovish than expected interest rate forecasts from the Federal Reserve.
European shares were mostly higher on Thursday, even as policymakers at the European Central Bank and Bank of England pushed back on rate cut expectations.
London stocks closed higher on Thursday after the Bank of England maintained interest rates at lunchtime, as anticipated.
Two significant director dealings were disclosed to the market on Thursday, with one of Airtel Africa’s shareholders crossing the 15% holding threshold, while BT’s finance chief sold a chunk of his holding.
EnSilica, a manufacturer of mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips, announced a fundraising of £1. 56m on Thursday to support its growing sales pipeline.
Aptamer Group announced a significant agreement with a biotechnology company on Thursday, focussed on genetic medicines.
FTSE 250: 19,249. 90, +2. 96%.
JP Morgan upgraded its ratings for both catering giant Compass Group and pub and hotel operator Marston's after its latest review of the Europe-listed leisure sector.
Ocado's share price surged on Thursday to a three-month high, but analysts at Goldman Sachs don't see much upside from here on in, as the bank slashed its target price for the stock by nearly a quarter.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 9% at 7,617. 80 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Investors' attention at the end of the week will be on a raft of purchasing managers survey results due out in the U. K. , euro area and U. S.
Wall Street's main market indices were adding to the previous session's gains triggered by more dovish than expected interest rate forecasts from the Federal Reserve.
Power Metal Resources updated the market on its Molopo Farms Complex Project in southwestern Botswana on Thursday, where it was pursuing a district-scale discovery of nickel and platinum group elements (PGE).
The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, as widely expected.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, according to data released on Thursday by the Labor Department.
Retail sales in the U. S. increased moderately last month led by purchases of motor vehicles and parts, as well as at non-store retailers.
Medical cannabis specialist Celadon Pharmaceuticals has started supplying its pharmaceutical-grade product to two commercial contracts, first announced on 24 May and 5 September, it said on Thursday.
Star Energy said in a trading update on Thursday that it was on course to meet its full-year production goal of 2,090 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).
Molecular Energies updated the market on its progress in preparation for drilling its high-impact Paraguay exploration well on Thursday.
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