Britain's property market is slowing as political and economic uncertainty take their toll on sales, buyer demand and prices, a closely watched survey has shown.
Wall Street finished slightly higher on Wednesday - a light day in terms of economic data.
European stocks ended the session slighty lower in the wake of weaker-than-expected data on Chinese foreign trade and ahead of tax reform proposals from the US Senate which were expected on Thursday.
Edinburgh-based oil and gas company Bowleven cut back on losses in its last financial year despite not having generated any revenue throughout the period.
Crude oil stockpiles recovered last week as very large drops in product stockpiles were offset by a collapse in net imports.
Wall Street was trading little changed in a light day in terms of economic data.
Thursday is due to see the latest round of Brexit talks kick off again in Brussels, UK industrial and trade data and results from the likes of AstraZeneca, Burberry, Halfords, National Grid and Sainsbury's.
British equipment rental and services company Vp announced on Wednesday that it had acquired the entire issued share capital of Bristol-based firm Brandon Hire Group Holdings.
AECI announced on Wednesday that, via a wholly owned subsidiary, it had reached an agreement with Imperial Chemical Logistics (ICL) to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in Schirm, itself a subsidiary of ICL for a cash consideration of €110. 5m.
London's FTSE 250 was flat at 20,309. 43 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.
While web-based lending marketplace LendingClub posted earnings in line with market expectations on Tuesday, an announcement that lending would be restricted to all borrowers except those with top-tier credit scores sent the group's stock spiralling lower.
Specialist pharmaceutical company N4 Pharma announced the results of its latest study for its ‘nuvec’ silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) delivery system.
Life sciences business OptiBiotix Health issued a product development and commercial update on its ‘SlimBiome’ product platform on Thursday, reporting that it was launching a new improved version of the platform following the announcement of the manufacturing and supply agreement with Knighton Foods on 1 November.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% to 7,520. 70 in afternoon trade on Wednesday as investors mulled over updates from the likes of M&S and Persimmon.
Multi-utility infrastructure and services provider Fulcrum Utility Services announced on Wednesday that its operating subsidiary Fulcrum Electricity Assets has been granted an independent distribution network operator (iDNO) licence by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets - Ofgem.
Investors in healthcare software and supporting services supplier Craneware were told on Wednesday that the company has experienced a “positive start” to trading in the first four months of the year, as they gathered for the annual general meeting.
Engineer GKN is close to setting up a joint venture with Chinese state aerospace manufacturer Comac, according to a report on Wednesday.
Indivior is likely to gain approval from US regulators for its monthly treatment for opioid addiction, which should eventually lift company sales north of $1bn, said Citigroup on Wednesday as it upgraded the stock to 'buy' from 'neutral'.
Diversified royalty company Duke Royalty announced a new advisory agreement with Partners Value Investments on Wednesday.
Design-led technology supplier Stadium Group updated the market on its trading in Wednesday, reporting that “significant progress” was continuing to be made in transitioning from a purely electronic assemblies business to a design-led technology business.