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London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 5% to 7,447. 38 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, as investors digested Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell a touch more than expected last week, according to data from the Labor Department.
AIM-listed Breedon said on Wednesday that it delivered "another solid performance" in the 10 months to the end of October, with both volumes and revenue ahead of the previous year.
London stocks had extended gains by midday on Wednesday as investors sifted through corporate releases ahead of the Autumn Budget.
US futures pointed to a marginally firmer open on Wall Street on Wednesday following record highs in the previous session, as investors looked to the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting.
SSP reported a rise in full-year profit on Wednesday as it announced a special dividend of around £100m, but said that like-for-like revenue growth next year is expected to drop slightly.
Biffa swings to first-half profit, declares maiden dividend
Waste management company Biffa, which floated last year, reported a rise in interim revenue on Wednesday as it swung to a profit and reaffirmed its expectations for the full year.
Wealth manager Charles Stanley posted a jump in interim profit on Wednesday but cautioned that it may struggle to meet current market expectations if it does not see a higher level of trading activity or other revenue increases in the second half.
Cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury said on Wednesday that trading in the first four months of the year has been in line with expectations.
Sofa and flooring retailer ScS said on Wednesday that it has made a good start to the year.
In its first trading update as an AIM-listed company, fashion brand Quiz reported a 35% jump in interim revenue, driven by growth across all of its channels.
London stocks edged tentatively higher in early trade on Wednesday as investors sifted through corporate releases ahead of the Autumn Budget.
Housebuilder and regeneration partner Countryside Properties posted a rise in annual operating profit on Wednesday as revenue and completions grew amid strong demand.
London stocks were set to nudge up at the open on Wednesday as investors eyed the Autumn Budget.
Uber concealed a massive global breach of the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016, failing to notify the individuals and regulators, the company acknowledged on Tuesday. Uber also confirmed it had paid the hackers responsible $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet, which was first reported by Bloomberg. – Guardian.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 4% to 19,950. 98 in afternoon trade on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to the Autumn Budget the following day.
Retailer Sports Direct said on Tuesday that it has entered into a new revolving credit facility which replaces its existing facility and is valid for four years, with an option to extend by a year.
US existing home sales rise more than expected in October
Sales of US existing homes rose more than expected in October, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.
Derwent London has secured planning permission from the City of Westminster for two projects totalling 443,000 square feet.
Banknote manufacturer De La Rue reported a rise in first-half revenues and profit on Tuesday on the back of strong growth in the currency business.