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1645: After starting in the red, the FTSE 100 has steadily strengthened as the session wore on. It finished at 7,281. 57, up 34. 8 points or 0. 48%. Here's a closing comment from market analyst Joshua Mahony at IG. "With a morning’s worth of disappointing eurozone PMI surveys, we have seen Carney’s inflation report testimony drag EURGBP lower despite today’s jump in UK unemployment. While Carney’s expectation of three rate rises over the next three years will grab the headlines, the fact that the bank aims to be ‘nimble’ given Brexit uncertainty points towards a strong chance we may never see all three hikes materialise should a preferential deal not be achieved.
Continuing the series of banks reporting this week, Barclays results on Thursday come alongside those from Anglo American, BAE Systems, British American Tobacco, Centrica, Playtech, RSA Insurance and Serco.
UK unemployment increased unexpectedly at the end of last year but wage data was mixed, which may stoke some further speculation about the Bank of England's likely path for interest rate hikes.
Polymetal International has signed its first offtake contract for concentrate from its Kyzyl development project in East Kazakhstan, which is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2018.
Glencore declared a $2. 9bn dividend to be paid out in two equal instalments in 2018 as the commodities giant's much-improved balance sheet left it feeling more confident about the future.
The AA slashed its dividend as the roadside assistance group warned profits would be lower as it makes a strategic swerve down a new route.
1745: Tomorrow is a big, big day in the financial calendar - especially with respect to interest rate expectations on both sides of the Atlantic. In the morning we have crucial UK labour market data that could heat up or cool down anticipation of the Bank of England's rate-hike path for 2018. Later the FOMC minutes from the last policy meeting will be pounced upon by Wall Street for a close reading to spot any slight change in nuance over rates. In between we have initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and as an entrée there will be a host of corporate results, inlcuding from Lloyds Banking Group, Glencore, Barratt Developments and Metro Bank.
London stocks fell less than one point on Tuesday, as solid results from HSBC and BHP Billiton failed to please demanding investors but currency traders were more taken in by Brexit reports.
Wednesday is a big and busy day for macro news, with crucial UK labour market data, initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and a closely watched set of FOMC minutes, plus corporate results from Lloyds Banking Group, Glencore and Barratt Developments.
Britvic’s shares have fallen by 15% in the past month and Shore Capital now thinks the drink maker looks like a 'buy'.
Asda, Britain's third-largest supermarket chain, grew sales in the fourth quarter but it was far from enough to help parent Wamart from reporting a disappointing profits over the key festive period.
21st Century Fox has strengthened its commitments to investment in Sky's UK news channel in a bid to secure a takeover of the European cable network.
Dunelm's profits dipped in the first half of the year and homeware retailer said chief financial officer Keith Down will leave the company in June.
Fidessa has confirmed that it is in "advanced discussions" about being taken over by Swiss banking software group Temenos for around £1. 4bn of cash.
Acacia Mining has begun talks about potentially selling a stake in some or all of its Tanzanian gold mining operations.
Wednesday will be the big day next week, with UK labour market data, initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and Federal Reserve minutes, with bank results the key theme on the London corporate calendar.
1635: The FTSE 100 closed 59. 89 points or 0. 83% higher at 7,294. 70 on Friday, adding 202. 5 or 2. 9% over the week. The pound is off it's lows from earlier in the afternoon, but still down 0. 3% against the dollar at 1. 4055 but up 0. 2% on the euro at 1. 1294.
WPP shares have rallied to a six-month high amid a recent improvement in the ad market, capped off by a bullish view given by analysts at Goldman Sachs and Numis on Friday.
Balfour Beatty has won a share worth around £420m of a huge contract to design and build an 'automated people mover' at Los Angeles International airport.
BGEO Group, the investment company that owns the Bank of Georgia, grew profits 8. 1% last year as it prepares to split into two in 2018.