Smiths Group tumbled on Friday after it posted a 12% drop in interim profit as revenue fell and while the engineering company did reiterate its guidance for the year, it also warned that forex headwinds would persist.
Ibstock updated the market on its CEO succession plan on Friday, confirming that Joe Hudson would be appointed as chief executive with effect from 4 April, on completion of the handover period with retiring CEO Wayne Sheppard.
John Laing Infrastructure Fund issued its results for the year ended 31 December on Friday, declaring a dividend of 3. 57p per share for the last six months of the year, up 2. 5%.
Aviva has decided not to cancel £450m worth of preference shares following "strong feedback and criticism" from a large number of investors.
London stocks fell in early trade on Friday following heavy losses in the US and Asia as financial markets were hit by fresh worries about a trade war after China promised immediate retaliation to the hefty import tariffs levied by US President Donald Trump.
Profits fell at Next for the third year in a row in 2017 and are expected to fall again in 2018 as falling store sales and good online growth largely cancel each other out and the clothing retailer looks to "attack costs" and "defend sales and profitability".
GlaxoSmithKline announced on Friday that the European Commission has approved Shingrix for the prevention of shingles (herpes zoster) and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) in adults aged 50 years or older.
GlaxoSmithKline confirmed on Friday that it has withdrawn from the process relating to Pfizer's Consumer Healthcare business.
Indivior warned of a potential "rapid and material loss" of sales from its main revenue-generating drug after a US court found a rival generic version of the drug did not infringe on its patents.
London stocks are expected to open lower on Friday in line with global markets as a trade war breaks out between the world’s two biggest economies, with China promising retaliation to the opening salvo from the US.
China has retaliated against Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium by signalling that it will hit US goods such as pork, apples and steel pipe with higher duties. As Asian stock markets plunged at the prospect of a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, China’s commerce ministry urged Washington to negotiate a settlement as soon as possible but set no deadline. - Guardian.
US stocks finished lower on Thursday, as investors continued to mull over the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve overnight, and amid worries about a trade war leading to what one analyst referred to as "a veritable bloodbath" on Wall Street.
1700:Close Global trade concerns sent stocks lower as traders debated the implications of the Bank of England's latest communications and that of its US central bank's counterpart overnight, with a global trade war brewing.
Stocks on the Continent got dinged on Thursday, weighed down by a slate of weaker-than-expected economic data ahead of the expected announcement of US trade tariffs against China later in the day.
Goldman Sachs kept its 'buy' rating on Just Eat as it continued to include it in its Conviction List, saying the company's decision to invest in own its own delivery service "is the correct one".
Miners and oil equipment stocks gave back their gains from the previous session amid concerns ahead of the expected announcement by the US of tariffs on $50bn-worth of Chinese goods.
London stocks fell their lowest close since late 2016 as the pound held its gains after the Bank of England left the door open for a May rate rise, while miners and retailers leading the falls.
President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer for the investigation into alleged Russian election interference has resigned from the legal team according to media reports on Thursday.
Catalan president, Roger Torrent has called for a vote in the regional assembly on Thursday afternoon on whether to nominate Jordi Turull as their candidate to Catalonia's presidency, despite the imminent risk that he might be sentenced to jail on charges of secession.