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Iconic British car maker Aston Martin announced a £500m trade and investment deal between the UK and Japan on Wednesday.
The FTSE 250 index rose 0. 89% to 18,421. 49 at 1609 GMT on Friday.
Anpario, a producer of natural feed additives for animal health, is to buy its Australia-based distributor Cobbett for up to AU$1m, in order to strengthen its sales and distribution channels. Cobbett has been Anpario's distributor since 1987 supplying the Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea markets with a number of Anpario's products including Salkil, pHorce, Neutox, Mycostat and Mastercube.
Multimedia company Johnston Press, owner of brands like The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, has reported an improvement in trading in the fourth quarter after a 5% fall in revenue during the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
European stocks were in the green as banking stocks gained on the back of US President Donald Trump considering scaling back the 2010 Dodd Frank act and positive eurozone services PMI data.
-Oakley Capital Investments, an AIM-listed company established to provide investors with access to the investment strategy being pursued by the Oakley Funds, announced its trading update for the year ended 31 December 2016.
Zamano, an AIM-listed European provider of interactive applications and services to mobile devices, has announced that it may have to close down its dwindling business operations in order to protect its cash position.
The UK online retail sector maintains a “strong brand appeal” abroad according to the British Retail Consortium.
Betsson AB and NetPlay TV announced on Thursday that their boards have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer, under which Betsson will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of NetPlay. The firms said under the terms of the offer, each NetPlay shareholder will receive 9p in cash for each ordinary share held, which values the entire issued and to be issued share capital of NetPlay at £26. 4m on a fully diluted basis.
Carsten Kengeter chief executive of the Frankfurt stock exchange Deutsche Boerse is being investigated by German prosecutors for insider trading ahead of merger talks with the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
The FTSE 250 index rose 0. 13% to 18,264. 17 in the late afternoon.
Societe Generale downgraded Julius Baer to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ and increased its price target to CHF51 from CHF47.
European stocks were flat as investors took in the Federal Reserve's policy announcement on Wednesday and a range of corporate earnings.
UBS upgraded Santander to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral’ and raised it share price target to €5. 85 from €4. 15.
Macquarie has downgraded Zoopla Property Group to ‘neutral’ from ‘outperform’ and raised its price target to 375p from 360p.
Berenberg upgraded Hostelworld to ‘hold’ from ‘sell’ and raised the price target from 206p to 210p.
AIM-listed healthcare provider Circle Holdings has sold land in Manchester to the Department for Communities and Local Government for £9. 1m. The proceeds of the £9. 1m plus VAT will be used as working capital and to fund future growth opportunities.
Southern Rail, owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, commuters have launched a legal claim to force the government to take action over the failing train service.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have published final changes in a Policy Statement (PS) on enforcement decision-making processes after a public consultation last year.
Kennedy Ventures has raised £1. 25m before expenses through a placing of 13. 9m new shares at a price of 9p each.