Wall Street finished the first session of the week higher on Monday, as investors welcomed an easing of tensions between the US and China, with deal news in focus.
Early gains in the US dollar on the back of a putative deal on trade between China and the US at the weekend had petered out by late in the session.
London's mid-cap index was on the up on Monday, led by Ocado and Crest Nicholson.
Commodities clocked in with solid gains at the start of the week, despite strength in the US dollar, amid the risk of historic sanctions against Tehran.
Buy-and-build construction materials group SigmaRoc delivered a solid set of results for its first year of trading profit as it successfully executed upon its strategy of extracting incremental value from acquisitions.
Worries about the political situation in Italy are eroding earlier gains for stocks on the Continent, despite apparent progress in trade talks between China and the US at the weekend.
Worries about the political situation in Italy weighed on investor sentiment on the Continent, offsetting some of the boost from the apparent progress made by China and the US on trade talks at the weekend.
Property asking prices climbed to a new record high this month, but prices fell across south-east England for the first time since in seven years.
UK gas storage firm Infrastrata announced on Monday that it has appointed salt cavern gas-storage specialist Evan Passaris to strengthen the company's operational team.
London's top-flight index hit a new record on Monday, boosted by a weaker pound as the dollar rallied on the back of an easing of tensions between the US and China, which also helped to lift broader market sentiment.
1654: A "solid day" for equity markets in the US and UK, says market analyst Chris Beauchamp at IG, with the FTSE 100 clocking up yet another record high and moving on for the next summit of 8000, while the Dow Jones comes back from the weekend with a solid 300-plus day so far.
A widely-followed survey of economic activity in the States ticked higher last month, as indicators linked to production offset weakness in those for personal consumption and housing.
Sky's potential takeover by Comcast does not perturb the government, but Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said he had not yet reached a final decision.
Precious and base metals exploration firm Greatland Gold on Monday announced that it has identified four distinct zones of gold mineralisation at its wholly owned Black Hills licence in Western Australia.
A committee of MPs are calling for a clampdown of Russian money laundering through the City of London’s financial institutions, arguing that it could potentially put national security at risk.
International Airlines Group is reportedly set to make a third run at a takeover of low-cost carrier Norwegian, one, which if successful, would value the budget airline at £1. 3bn.
Although quieter than last week, there's still plenty for investors to get their teeth into on Tuesday, with updates from Close Brothers, Cranswick, Entertainment One, Galliford Try, Halfords, Homeserve, Pets at Home and Shaftesbury, before later data on UK public finance data and industrial trends that could move markets a little.
Oncology and immunotherapy pharmaceutical firm Midatech Pharma announced on Monday that it has started dosing patients in its first in-human study of sustained release product Q-Octreotide (MTD201).
Kepler Cheuvreux initiated coverage of G4S with a ‘buy’ rating and 310p price target as it said that new management’s "less is more" strategy is about to deliver a significant boost to the group’s profitability while putting the security company on a steadier growth path.
Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power announced on Monday that chief finance officer Andrew Allen will be elevated to the board as finance director with immediate effect.