Wall Street stocks turned in a mixed showing in the penultimate session of the year, while the S&P 500 continued to hover near its all-time high.
US pending home sales fell in November as all four US regions registered year-on-year declines in transactions.
Americans lined up for unemployment benefits at an accelerated clip in the week ended 23 December, suggesting some softening in the labour market toward the end of the year.
London's stock markets experienced a modest decline on Thursday, as the day unfolded with a pronounced lack of significant market-moving developments.
European shares closed lower as the post-Christmas 'Santa rally' fizzled out on Thursday as the US jobs market cooled for the second straight week.
Bank of Georgia Group announced two fresh financing agreements on Thursday, aimed at supporting sustainable initiatives and promoting economic growth in Georgia.
European shares slipped into the red at midday on Thursday as thin volumes and a dearth of news provided little impetus.
Shares in Sondrel plunged by more than a third on Thursday after the UK semiconductor designer asked staff to defer wages, because of a contract payment delay.
Two subsidiaries of major European property company Signa have filed for bankruptcy, the company said on Thursday.
Corcel updated the market on the drilling progress of the Tobias-14 (TO-14) well within Angola's onshore Block KON-11 on Thursday, where it holds a 20% working interest.
Gunsynd announced an investment of CAD 0. 35m (£0. 2m) into 1911 Gold Corporation, a junior gold development and exploration company based in Manitoba, Canada, on Thursday.
London’s stock markets had turned negative by lunchtime on Thursday, reflecting a subdued trading environment during the typically quiet period between Christmas and New Year.
Wall Street futures were mixed going into the penultimate session of the year as the S&P 500 continued to hover near its all-time high.
North American metallurgical coal miner Bens Creek reported a significant first-half milestone on Thursday, as it produced 204,998 tons of clean metallurgical coal, marking a 105% increase compared to the same period last year.
Asiamet Resources updated the market on its feasibility-stage BKM copper project in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia on Thursday.
Fulcrum Metals reported an operating loss of £0. 35m in its first half on Thursday, widening from £0. 11m in the same period last year.
Machine learning and data science specialist Insig AI has achieved listing on the United Nations Climate Risk Tool Dashboard, it announced on Thursday.
Zanaga Iron Ore Company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), it announced on Thursday, regarding hydroelectric power solutions for the Zanaga Iron Ore Project.
Asia-Pacific markets saw a mixed performance on Thursday, with gains for Chinese and Hong Kong stocks, while Japanese equities struggled to maintain positive momentum.
European shares opened higher on Thursday as investors continued to bet on cuts in interest rates next year.
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