Wall Street's main indices finished slightly higher on Friday despite the drag from banks' share prices following earnings from several sector heavyweights and a spot of weakness in a key gauge of consumer sentiment that fed into yet higher government bond prices.
The market spotlight will shift back towards two of the world's main central banks over the coming week - global trade wars permitting.
Weeks of build-up, years if you count qualification, have led to Sunday afternoon’s World Cup final where France and Croatia will come face to face at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
In the Sunday Times’ ‘Inside the City’ column this week, Sabah Meddings was focussing on pharmaceutical minnow Amryt Pharma, amid what she saw as a step-change in the industry.
Prince Charles and Prince William were unwilling to meet Donald Trump on his visit to Britain, leaving the Queen to greet the US president alone. The first two in line to the throne let it be known during informal discussions about the arrangements for the president’s four-day trip that they did not want to take part. - The Sunday Times.
Stocks finished the week on a strong note after the US signalled that it is open to restarting trade talks with China.
Liberum raised its target price on FlyBe to 43p from 36p and left its recommendation at 'hold', citing the low-cost carrier's continued strong commercial performance after capacity issues had been brought under control.
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom.
Leisure goods and tech stocks led the risers on a positive day for London stocks, while all food producers were in the red.
London stocks finished higher on Friday, but was off their best levels of the session, as the pound recovered from an early bout of selling, after US President Donald Trump backtracked on remarks he made overnight that the Prime Minister's soft Brexit plan would "probably kill" any trade deal with the US.
Property asset and fund management company Fletcher King on Friday saw its shares drop over 15% after the company slashed its dividend on the back of a 63% drop in annual profits.
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 44. 17 points at 7,661. 87.
Broker Canaccord Genuity expects a "positive message" from GVC's year end update on 18 July as England's eventual exit from the World Cup saved the bookmaker from a potential £10m hit.
Ocado chief financial officer Duncan Tatton-Brown disposed of more than £4m worth of shares award to him by the online grocer's bonus scheme on Friday.
JP Morgan Chase beat analysts' forecasts for both top and bottom line growth in the second quarter, buoyed by bumper growth in its investment and commercial banking units.
Telecommunications conglomerate Vodafone on Friday entered into a collaboration agreement with Tunisie Telecom, the first partnership of its kind for the British telecom giant in North Africa.
1600: US equity markets are mixed as banks kick-off earnings season, with numbers from JP Morgan,. Well Fargo and Citi. Traders booked some of their profits on US stocks after they had a strong finish yesterday. The trade spat with China is still bubbling away in the background, and remains at the forefront of traders’ minds.
KCR Residential announced on Friday that it intended to issue around £3. 1m by way of an issue of ordinary shares at, or credited as fully paid at, 70p per ordinary share.
US lender Citigroup managed to beat analysts' forecasts for second quarter earnings, despite falling short of its own guidance for the firm's sales from trading.
Wall Street saw some mixed-to-positive trading at the bell on Friday as market participants turned their attention to bank earnings.