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1700:Close The top tier index started the week on a weak note amid a near perfect storm of pound strength, soft base metals' prices, a twitter-storm on Capitol Hill at the weekend and ongoing trade and geopolitical frictions. Somewhat ironically, the chief trigger behind the downdraft in London-listed stocks was a relative 'positive' for the economy, in the form an understanding between Brussels and Westminster on the broad contours of the post-Brexit transition deal.
UK inflation is expected to ease off on Tuesday ahead of the Bank of England monetary policy meeting later in the week, while updates are expected from the likes of Ocado and Wood Group.
Britain and the European Union have agreed a 21-month Brexit transition deal to smooth the break-up after March 2019, though the Irish border remains one of several issues not yet resolved and it was described by some as "not a decisive breakthrough".
Shares in bookmakers Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill galloped higher on Monday after reports that they will avoid the worst scenarios envisaged from the government's triennial review on fixed-odds betting terminals.
Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter has thrown in the towel at the Bargain Booze owner after a succession of profit warnings, accounting and tax issues.
Micro Focus International chief executive Chris Hsu has resigned as the company downgraded its profits guidance less than six months after completing the reverse takeover of HP Enterprise's software arm.
London stocks finished the week with a second step higher, as financials and miners rose again to offset caution hitting the housebuilding and retail sectors.
1701: Tullow Oil has increased its bond offer to $880m from $650m. It's raising cash from debt by issuing senior debt notes offering 7%, due 2025 at par.
London's FTSE 100 was lifted by financials and commodity stocks on Friday, with the index up 0. 62% to 7,183. 99.
Emerging markets still offer much better potential from consumer growth than developed markets, says Credit Suisse, suggesting a range of countries and stocks for investors to back.
London stocks resumed their indecisive shift sideway as the week drew to a close, 10 years to the day that JP Morgan originally agreed to buy the stricken Bear Stearns.
NEX Group shares shot up to an all-time high after the inter-dealer broker, formerly known as ICAP, confirmed overnight that it has received a preliminary approach by US giant CME Group regarding a potential takeover.
London equity indices were doing their darnedest to try and finish the week on a positive note, with the mining and financial heavyweights offsetting caution hitting the housebuilding and retail sectors.
Berkeley Group reported a resilient level of house sales in the past four months and while it was confident enough about the "compelling" fundamentals of the London and South East housing market to maintain profit and dividend guidance, had a fairly aggressive message for the government.
London stocks were expected to resume their decline on Friday after a ending a three-day losing streak in the previous session and a mixed day overnight on Wall Street.
1748: NEX Group, Icap as was, has confirmed (in an announcement at 1737 GMT) that it has received a preliminary approach by CME Group regarding a potential acquisition of NEX. "Discussions are at an early stage and there can be no certainty that an offer for NEX will be made, nor as to the terms of any offer, if made. " .
Having hummed and hawed all day amid a buzz of UK corporate and global geopolitical news on Thursday, London's blue chip share index showed signs of life after being laid up for the first three days of the week.
London's FTSE 250 index was little moved on Thursday, with a rallying Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Cineworld leading the risers as PZ Cussons and Spirax fell.
GKN's largest customer, Airbus, has suggested it would withdraw custom from the FTSE 100 engineer in the event of the proposed hostile takeover by Melrose International.
Cineworld reported strong profits growth for a 'momentous' 2017 and was feeling boffo about newly acquired US cinema chain Regal and a bulging slate of blockbusters in 2018.