US stocks were at record highs in early trade on Tuesday as the Dow breached the 26,000 level for the first time, with sentiment underpinned by earnings from the likes of Citigroup and UnitedHealth.
Analysts at RBC downgraded their recommendation on shares of Premier Oil from 'outperform' to 'sector perform' after the shares had reached their 100p target price, which was unchanged.
A trading update from Burberry could provide an early highlight on Wednesday before the Bank of Canada grabs the spotlight on what is expected to be a quieter day for financial news.
Factory sector activity in the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve bank of New York cooled a tad in January, according to the results of its widely-followed regional gauge.
German issues are pacing gains on the Continent, thanks to a pause in the single currency's recent rapid move higher following news of a potential setback for German lawmakers to craft a coalition government.
Prudential is transferring the administration of its life and pensions business from Capita to Tata Consultancy Services in July as part of a wider customer and technology transformation programme.
The Gym Group reported a rise in full-year revenue on Tuesday as membership numbers grew and the company opened more sites.
Fallout from the collapse into compulsory insolvency of construction giant Carillion continued on Tuesday, with £1bn of unpaid bills jolting suppliers, banks needing to write off most of the £1. 6bn debt pile and employees under private sector contracts going jobless the following day.
Stocks are edging higher thanks to a pause in the single currency's recent rapid move higher after Japan's finance minister cautioned overnight against "big swings" in foreign exchange markets.
Sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SIS) witnessed a 28% uptick in sales throughout its last trading year, as continued investment into the group's online platform and operations resulted in direct sales increasing by more than half.
Hunting plc: Morgan Stanley upgrades to overweight with a target price of 860p.
Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources saw production begin on budget and on schedule at its Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali during its fourth trading quarter, setting the firm up for a promising 2018.
London stocks reversed small gains to trade a touch lower by midday on Tuesday, with losses in the mining sector holding back the main index and offsetting any benefit from a fall in the pound as data showed UK inflation fell slightly last month to give the Bank of England more breathing space.
AIM-quoted gold exploration and development firm Anglo Asian Mining saw production top out at the upper end of its guidance over the year ended 31 December, but fell short of besting its previous outing.
Equities in the Asia Pacific region raced ahead on Wednesday, led by gains in Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index, which topped its pre-crisis highs.
US futures pointed to a much firmer open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with indices set to hit new highs as markets reopen after the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.
UK inflation retreated slightly last month, reducing pressure on the Bank of England over interest rates.
Law firm Gordon Dadds Group said it had bought specialist technology solicitors, White & Black Ltd for £2. 9m plus amounts realised from £0. 52m of debtors and work-in-progress.
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