US stocks kicked off the month of October in style, with all three of the main indices notching record high closes on the back of upbeat manufacturing data.
Spire Healthcare's incoming new chief Justin Ash bought into the stock of the company he will soon be running just off its 52-week lows.
Europe's main stockmarkets ended the session higher with the notable exception of Spain's Ibex 35 following the violence-marred illegal referendum held in Catalonia at the weekend, as the region's leaders chose the path of provocation even after the courts had ruled it was unconstitutional.
The top flight index extended its recent gains as the pound fell further after data showed that growth in the UK manufacturing sector eased back more than expected last month, with airlines and housebuilders on a tear.
Wall Street has started the third quarter on the front foot in the wake of a strong reading on US factory sector activity, albeit amid weakness in oil futures as the Greenback extends its recent rebound.
Savannah Resources announced on Monday that the results of a hydrogeological baseline assessment would bolster the ‘in-principle’ approval of its proposed tailings storage facility, adding that key approvals relating to the Block 5 Mahab 4 and Maqail South mining licence applications for copper development in Oman had been received.
Specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer Angling Direct has acquired the entire issued share capital of Fosters Fishing for a total consideration of £3m, payable in cash, it confirmed on Monday.
Results from Ferguson will be under the spotlight on Tuesday as analysts predict a not-insubstantial cash return, while Greggs and Electrocomponents both provide trading updates.
Intellectual property support services provider RWS Holdings announced the acquisition of US-based IP information business Article One Partners on Monday, for a cash consideration of $8m.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 3% to 19,938. 02 in afternoon trade on Monday.
Affirmer biotherapeutic and reagent developer Avacta Group announced on Monday that it has established a commercial team of three people in the US, including the appointment of Dr Matthew Vincent as vice president therapeutics business development.
Growth in the US economy's manufacturing sector unexpectedly improved in September, according to data from the US Institute for Supply Management.
Jo Bertram has stood down from her role as head of operations for ride-hailing app Uber in northern Europe as the company's global chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, arrived in London in order to plead his case to Transport for London for the reinstatement of the firm's licence in the capital.
Media and entertainment business Time Out Group announced that it has signed a lease agreement for a new Time Out Market in Boston, with the benefit of planning for the site already secured.
AIM-traded multi-commodity mining and resource development company Premier African Minerals saw "strong" demand at the weekend for its newly issued shares from both private and institutional investors.
Manufacturing activity in the US grew a little more than initially estimated in September, according to figures released on Monday.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 7% to 7,421. 26 in afternoon trade on Monday as the pound slipped back on disappointing manufacturing data.
After a false start, Stanley Gibbons confirmed the successful sale of a big chunk of its interiors division on Monday, offloading its Dreweatts 1759 assets to Gurr Johns.
Transport for London has awarded a consortium formed between Barratt Developments and London & Quadrant as the preferred joint venture partner to develop a 1. 8 acre former car park opposite Blackhorse Road station in northeast London.
Edinburgh-based investment company Baillie Gifford Japan Trust announced on Monday that it had beaten market expectations in its fiscal year ended 31 August thanks to above average performances from Japanese equities over the period.