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Babcock International played down a weekend report about a large write-down that the defence contractor will have to take to its accounts this week.
A day after Aston Martin Lagonda's first trading update after floating in London last month, the upmarket carmaker received positive write-ups from analysts at Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Cazenove.
Cigarette maker Imperial Brands said it was developing a version of electronic cigarettes that could be locked to prevent possible underage use, after a fresh US regulatory crackdown on vaping.
Tobacco stocks tumbled on Wall Street after US regulators announced new restrictions on flavoured electronic cigarettes and potential bans on menthol cigarettes and flavoured cigars.
London stocks gave up its earlier gains to finish flat on Thursday as the pound tumbled in the wake of Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab's resignation, with banks and housebuilders also hit by concerns about the EU divorce process.
Banks, housebuilders and utility companies were under the cosh on Thursday as may UK-facing stocks suffered, while miners gleamed.
UK retail sales tumbled last month, official figures revealed on Thursday, confounding expectations for the sector to bounce back from the previous month.
Royal Mail nudged up its half-year dividend despite a 25% decline in operating profits for the first half of the year.
Electricity and telecoms were the livewire sectors on Wednesday, while oil engineers were on the rocks.
Next is "well placed" to manage the retail sector's structural shift to online and with strong cash flow driving share buybacks, HSBC upgraded its rating on the stock to 'buy' on Wednesday.
Pearson has agreed to sell the Financial Times' headquarters on the banks of the Thames to investor M&G for £115m.
UK inflation remained unchanged last month, the Office for National Statistics revealed on Wednesday, having been expected to rise slightly.
A decline in retail property values hit British Land in the first half of the year, but the offices and shopping centre developer reported flat earnings as it grew rents and bought back shares.
Prudential's profit growth accelerated in the third quarter of the year as sales recovered in the US and improved in Asia, while the M&G Prudential arm made "good progress" in preparations for its demerger.