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European shares finished the Friday session in the black as Asia and Wall Street provided initial support before solid corporate earnings provided extra impetus.
London stocks finished near their best level of the session on Friday, boosted by better-than-expected economic data in the States and as the pound slipped back below $1. 41, albeit following disappointing retail sales data at home.
European stocks ended the session higher despite another stronger than expected reading on US inflation, in the former of the latest producer price data.
London equities on Thursday, underpinned by strength in the mining sector and an impressive showing from stocks with exposure to South Africa, as investors appeared to shrug off yet another higher than expected print on US inflation.
Factory gate prices in the US rose more quickly than expected last month, driven by steep gains in energy costs, but economists said the underlying details were "solid" too.
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Cyclicals were clearly in demand on Thursday, with Industrial Metals&Mining and Mining towards the top of the leaderboard as the US dollar gave back some of its recent ill-gotten gains and the start of the Lunar New Year holidays saw some Asian sellers come out of base metals markets for a time.
Coca-Cola HBC reported full year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of €621m, a rise of 20% on net sales revenue of £6. 5bn, up 4. 9%.
The flow of US data will be in focus again on Thursday, including multiple readings on different inflation gauges contained in a raft of economic indicators.
Commodities are higher across the board as the US dollar weakens, with lessened selling pressure on the back of the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays an added factor in the case of base metals.
US oil stocks jumped last week alongside a large build in gasoline inventories.
Stocks finished higher across the Continent, seeing the day out from their best levels of the session after an abrupt US CPI-inspired drop in the afternoon.
London equity markets finished near their best levels of the session on Wednesday, after an unexpectedly strong reading on US consumer prices failed to knock Wall Street lower, arguably the biggest surprise of the session.
The cost of living in the US was steady last month, contrary to expectations for a dip, buoyed by unusually large increases in clothing and medical care prices, with those for the former rising at their quickest pace since 1990.
Stocks across the Continent are trading near their session highs ahead of a key report on consumer prices on the other side of the Pond later in the day.
Stocks are advancing across the Continent, drawing a degree of comfort from slight overnight gains on Wall Street after the new chief of the Federal Reserve said policymakers are keeping an eye on financial stability risks and ahead of a key report on consumer prices on the other side of the Pond later in the day.
Galliford Try has announced it will go cap in hand to investors to offset the possible impact on the group from the wind-down of Carillion through its joint-venture with the firm and Balfour Beatty on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route contract.
MPs are planning to make an unprecedented use of their parliamentary powers to publish a report into the mistreatment of thousands of small and medium-sized companies by Royal Bank of Scotland. Nicky Morgan has asked the Treasury select committee, which she chairs, to support the release of the confidential document, having used parliamentary privilege to obtain it from the Financial Conduct Authority. - The Times.