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Business confidence in Germany deteriorated less than expected in September, according to a survey released by the Ifo Institute on Monday.
London stocks edged lower in early trade on Monday as fresh US-China trade tariffs kicked in, but Sky bucked the trend after Comcast outbid Fox for the broadcaster.
French supermarket group Carrefour has denied making an approach to Casino after its rival said it had been contacted about a possible combination.
Sky urged its shareholders on Monday to accept a takeover offer from US cable company Comcast after it outbid Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for the London-listed broadcaster.
Drax confirmed on Monday that it is in talks with Spain’s Iberdrola about the potential acquisition of a UK portfolio of pumped storage, renewable hydro and gas-fired generation assets.
London stocks were set for a weaker open on Monday as worries about trade resurface.
US firms are taking advantage of the cheap pound to snap up some of Britain’s most successful businesses at bargain prices, according to the latest mergers and acquisitions data. The value of deals involving US companies buying UK businesses more than doubled to £79bn in 2017-18 from £36. 8bn in the previous year. The low value of sterling, which last week slumped to $1. 30 in the wake of Theresa May’s post-Salzburg statement, has given American buying power a boost and allowed US firms to outbid rivals.
RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage of Paragon Banking Group at 'sector perform' with a 500p price target on Friday, noting that buy-to-let growth is still strong and Paragon is the only lender with an expanding margin.
London's FTSE 100 was up 1. 6% to 7,484. 12 in afternoon trade on Friday as the pound took a tumble after PM Theresa May said Brexit talks with the EU have hit an "impasse".
US stocks looked set for a muted open on Friday following a record session the day before on the back of strength in the technology sector and easing worries about the US-China trade conflict.
London stocks had extended gains by midday on Friday as sterling slid on jitters about a no-deal Brexit, while a strong performance from the mining sector also provided a boost.
Moss Bros pinned the blame on the World Cup and the hot weather on Friday as it said it swung to a loss in the first half and warned that full-year operating profit will be "materially" lower than current market expectations of £2. 3m.
Business growth in the eurozone eased in September as trade war concerns and political uncertainty hit exports, according to preliminary data released on Friday.
Agricultural and engineering group Carr's has announced the acquisition of Suffolk-based animal health products maker Animax for up to £8. 5m in cash.
London stocks rose in early trade on Friday, taking their cue from a record session on Wall Street as the dollar weakened and worries about the trade conflict between the US and China eased.
London stocks looked set for a positive open on Friday, taking their cue from upbeat sessions in the US and Asia after the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 hit all-time highs a day earlier.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% to 7,360. 55 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Sales of US existing homes were steady in August, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.
Barclays upgraded Aveva to 'overweight' from 'equalweight' on Thursday and lifted the price target to 3,150p from 2,800p following the company's capital markets day a day earlier.
Shore Capital upgraded online fashion retailer Boohoo to 'buy' from 'hold' on Thursday following a 13% drop in the share price in the last three months.