European stock markets finished flat on Friday after a quiet day with volumes likely affected by upcoming public holidays and a shortened trading session in the UK.
Bluejay Mining revealed on Friday that non-executive director Roderick McIllree had acquired 10. 0m ordinary shares in the AIM-listed exploration and production company.
With traders away from their desks for the Christmas festivities, financial markets will likely see reduced volumes in the shortened trading week, with very little in the way of economic data and corporate results to move stocks either way.
US consumer sentiment improved more than initially estimated in December, according to a survey released on Friday.
US new home sales unexpectedly slumped in November, according to figures released on Friday by the Commerce Department.
UK retail sales volumes rose by 1. 3% in November compared with the prior month, boosted by heavily discounted Black Friday deals, according to official data published on Friday.
Wall Street stocks were in the green early on Friday as market participants cheered recent a surprise reading of the Federal Reserve's favourite inflation gauge.
Annual US personal consumption expenditure inflation slowed in November, hitting its lowest level since February 2021.
Orders for newly manufactured durable goods registered their biggest monthly increase in more than three years in November, according to the Census Bureau.
It was more 'meh' than 'ho ho ho' at the end of a shortened holiday session on Friday, after data showed the UK was teetering on the brink of recession, although retail sales figures were better than expected.
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 121. 15 points, or 1. 6%, closing at 7,697. 51 on Friday.
Rail fare increases are set to rise by 4. 9% from early next year, after the Department for Transport announced another cap on ticket price rises.
Unilever said on Friday that it has agreed to buy premium biotech haircare brand K18 for an undisclosed sum.
European shares were hovering near the flatline on the last trading day before Christmas, as Britain sailed towards recession and a cut in sales forecasts at Nike kicked sportswear manufacturers lower.
European shares opened on the wrong foot at the start of the last trading day before Christmas, as Britain sailed towards recession and a cut in sales forecasts at Nike pulled sportswear manufacturers lower.
Wall Street futures were in the red ahead of the bell on Friday as major indices struggled to extend their year-end rally.
Biopharmaceuticals giant Bristol Myers Squibb has announced it is spending $14bn to purchase Karuna Therapeutics, which develops treatments for people living with psychiatric and neurological conditions.
Shares in global gaming developers tumbled on Friday after the government unveiled new proposals to restrict incentives used by companies to encourage in-game spending and more frequent gameplay.
Berenberg has hiked its target price for life insurance group M&G from 208p to 225p after updating its estimates for the IFRS 17 accounting adjustments.
Vanadium producer and developer Ferro-Alloy Resources warned on Friday that fourth-quarter revenues and profitability had come in lower than expected due to metal prices and production shortfalls.
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