These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
US finished mixed but mostly weaker on Wednesday, after a session in which investors spent their time weighing up the latest trade developments between the US and China.
Sterling was on the back foot again on Wednesday, slipping back towards its 52-weeks lows against the Greenback and the euro, amid increased talk in markets of a possible 'no deal' Brexit and a recommendation from analysts at one of Wall Street's top investment banks for investors to take out some protection - just in case.
The BBC issued contracts worth £2. 5m to recruit six PR agencies to promote the benefits of paying a monthly TV licence fee and detail the consequences of not paying over a three to five-year period.
West Texas Intermediate hit the skids following the release of unexpectedly bearish inventory data in the States and amid concerns that gasoline demand was already slowing.
London stocks pushed higher on Wednesday as Brexit worries sent the pound tumbling to its lowest level versus the dollar in nearly a year, while a late plunge in oil prices came too late to have an effect.
Ryanair's staffing problems continue to rumble on as pilots in Germany joined those of Ireland, Belgium and Sweden in calling a 24-hour strike on Friday, which could ground around 400 flights and affect thousands of passengers.
Stocks saw some light profit-taking on Wednesday, as the main US equity indices approached their record highs and the trade spat between the US and China ground on.
China hit back at looming US tariffs on Wednesday, with the country's commerce ministry in Beijing announcing its intention to impose 25% import duties targeting $16bn-worth of US goods.
Ralf Wunderlich, a non-executive director of plastic and fibre products supplier Essentra, purchased 20,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed firm on Wednesday.
Rank Group finance director Clive Jennings is stepping down after an 18-year stint, just three months after the casino operator's new boss arrived.
Financials lent their weight to Wednesday's stockmarket advance, with Prudential at the head of the pack on the back of its latest half-year numbers.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling found himself under the spotlight on Wednesday when it emerged he ignored warnings about spiralling executive pay at the company responsible for the controversial £55bn High Speed 2 rail project.
JPMorgan Cazenove upgraded car dealership Pendragon to 'neutral' from 'underweight' on Wednesday following its first-half results a day earlier, lifting the price target to 23p from 19p, citing the relative improvement in trading in the second quarter and stabilising industry outlook.
WPP has agreed to acquire Chicago-based e-commerce specialist Gorilla through its wholly-owned global digital agency, Wunderman.
Life insurer Legal & General is due to report half-year just over a week after it emerged that whistleblowers had reported its asset management arm to regulators over compliance and risk failures.
Independent retail stockbroker Share swung to a loss in the first half of its trading year as improved revenues were offset by increased transaction costs.
US economic growth is "quite strong" at present, a top US central bank official said on Wednesday, adding that the pace and degree of interest rates hikes will depend on the incoming data.
As Tesla confirmed that its board had met "several times" over the last week to discuss taking the company private, analysts weighed in on the news, questioning where the funding would come from.
Construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall raised its interim dividend on Wednesday after first-half profits were boosted by a massive improvement in its urban regeneration division.