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London's FTSE 100 was up 1. 1% to 6,882. 80 in afternoon trade on Tuesday, buoyed by optimism over Sino-US trade talks.
Agriculture and engineering group Carr's said on Tuesday that it was trading in line with the board's expectations for the year, as it urged more clarity over the UK's future trading relationship with the EU.
Rotork and Vesuvius rallied on Tuesday as Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded both stocks as part of a broader note on capital goods.
Electrocomponents surged on Tuesday as Jefferies upped the stock to 'buy' from 'hold' and UBS pushed it up to 'buy' from 'neutral'.
Fashion retailer Superdry said on Tuesday that Brigitte Danielmeyer has decided to leave her role as chief product officer for personal reasons, following a period of compassionate leave before Christmas.
UK house prices rose much more than expected in December, according to the latest figures from mortgage lender Halifax, but the underlying trend remains weak.
Lifestyle brand Joules defied the retail gloom on Tuesday as it said it continued to trade well over the festive period, putting it on course to achieve its pre-tax profit expectations for 2019.
Pub operator Greene King posted a jump in like-for-like sales on Tuesday as it hailed "strong" trading over the Christmas period and expressed confidence over the full year.
US stock futures pointed to gains on Wall Street at the open on Tuesday as investors grew hopeful that the latest round of talks between the US and China would ease trade tensions.
London stocks had pushed further into the green by midday on Tuesday, underpinned by optimism over Sino-US trade talks, with Morrisons bucking the trend after a mixed update.
UBS upped its stance on equipment rental company Ashtead to 'neutral' from 'sell' on Tuesday, lifting the target price to 1,800p from 1,700p as it said fears about a slowdown were priced in.
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels said on Tuesday that it will rebrand the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair as The Biltmore, Mayfair, as part of its plan to reposition it as a new five-star deluxe hotel.
German industrial production unexpectedly dropped in November for the third consecutive month, according to figures released by Destatis on Tuesday, prompting concerns that the country may have entered a technical recession at the end of last year.
London stocks edged higher in early trade on Tuesday, taking their cue from a positive session on Wall Street as investors grew hopeful of an improvement in trade relations between the US and China.
Streetwear and sportswear retailer Footasylum warned on Tuesday that earnings would be towards the lower end of analysts’ forecasts, while gross margin will be lower than current market expectations following heavy discounting over Christmas.
London stocks looked set to gain at the open on Tuesday following positive US and Asian sessions, amid signs of improving trade relations between the US and China.
England must launch the biggest council and social house building drive in its history to rescue millions of people from a future in dangerous, overcrowded or unsuitable homes, a cross-party commission has told the government. More than 3m new social homes are needed in the next 20 years, more than were built in the two decades after the end of the second world war, according to a year-long housing commission launched in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Its commissioners include the former Conservative party chair, Sayeeda Warsi, the former Labour leader Ed Miliband and the former Conservative Treasury minister and Goldman Sachs chief economist Lord Jim O’Neill.