Investors will need to navigate a steady stream of data and potential risk events over the coming week.
Global mining group Rio Tinto said on Friday that it is reviewing arrangements with Russian companies impacted by US sanctions.
Sage Group tumbled on Friday as it cut its full-year guidance to reflect "inconsistent operational execution".
Stocks on the Continent finished off their best levels heading into the weekend, as traders opted to play it safe given the heightened tensions in the Middle East.
1700:Close Stocks carved out slight gains as the pound trimmed early sharp gains, as investors reacted positively to hints of progress in Washington's trade negotiations with Beijing and its NAFTA partners.
The single currency bloc's trade surplus with the rest of the world widened in February, but only because imports fell more quickly than exports.
London stocks finished higher on Friday - but only just - as investors played it safe going into the weekend, due to the tense geopolitical situation in the Middle East, and strength in the pound.
TalkTalk fell on Friday as RBC Capital Markets cut the stock to ‘sector perform’ from ‘outperform’ and reduced the price target to 125p from 140p.
Peter Lynas, group finance director of defence firm BAE Systems, disposed of 10,525 ordinary shares in the firm on Friday, for a total of £62,255, to satisfy the income tax and NIC liability resulting from the exercise of options under the firm's Long Term Incentive Plan .
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 80. 92 points at 7,264. 56.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, blamed the chemical attack carried out in the Syrian town of Douma on 7 April on opposition rebels and western intelligence agencies, claiming he had "irrefutable" evidence to support his accusations.
Analysts at Berenberg initiated coverage on manufacturer Halma on Friday, calling it one of the "highest-quality companies in the UK industrials sector" and placing a 'buy' rating on the firm's shares straight off the bat.
A court in Moscow has approved a request from a Russian media regulator to block the messaging app Telegram with immediate effect. The media regulator proposed the measure after the app refused to hand over the encryption keys it uses to scramble users’ messages.
Norwegian Air Shuttle chief Bjorn Kjos said on Friday that the low-cost carrier wasn't for sale and that he had not spoken to anyone from International Consolidated Airlines Group, IAG's holding company.
US stocks turned slightly weaker at the start of trading on Wall Street on Friday as investors kept one eye on geopolitical developments and first reads on the earnings season from the country's biggest banks.
Energy storage firm RedT Energy announced on Friday that it has successfully raised £3. 85m through an oversubscribed share placing.
Secretive Saudi oil giant Aramco achieved a colossal $33. 8bn in net income over the first six months of 2017 according to reports from Bloomberg.
The FTSE 100 had its head just above water on Friday afternoon, as investors kept an eye on the geopolitical situation, with the latest Chinese trade data in focus and US bank earnings eyed.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 4% to 19,856. 46 in afternoon trade on Friday, with broker notes providing most of the action.
Consumer sentiment in the US deteriorated in April amid trade war worries, according to data from the University of Michigan.