The Friday after Christmas is expected to remain quiet in London, with little left on the corporate and economic calendar that might rouse traders from their festive stupor.
A late bout of selling sent stocks lower as traders pushed the single currency higher going into the end of the year.
Labour's leader arguably shied away in a newspaper interview from ruling out a second referendum if he becomes Prime Minister.
London stocks finished the session little changed as strength in miners helped to offset the positive tone in the pound, although trading volumes and news were light heading into the new year.
One of Biffa's top directors and his spouse sold a significant amount of their shares in the waste collection and recycling outfit.
The Brexit department is accusing Brussels of trying to undermine David Davis and the government’s negotiating position by claiming he has been sidelined from Brexit talks.
In terms of how the nation’s electricity is generated, 2017 has been the greenest year ever for the UK, according to National Grid.
Factory activity in the US Mid-West quickened again at the end of the year, according to the results of one of the most widely-followed surveys for the sector.
US stocks were little changed at the open on Thursday as investors sifted through a slew of data releases on an otherwise quiet day, with little in the way of corporate news and volumes thin ahead of the new year.
America's shortfall on its foreign trade in goods widened last month, as import growth continued to outpace that in the country's exports.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 1% to 20,662. 06 in very quiet, holiday-thinned trade on Thursday afternoon, after hitting a fresh all-time high of 20,665. 70 earlier in the day.
There wasn’t a whole lot going on in financial markets on Thursday, with volumes and news thin on the ground ahead of the new year, but that didn’t stop the FTSE 100 from creeping up to a fresh all-time high of 7,633. 55.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was steady last week, according to data from the Labor Department.
Most Asia Pacific equity markets turned in a positive performance on Thursday, outside of Japan where shares fell back on yen strength against a backdrop of a flattening US interest rate curve.
US futures pointed to small gains at the open on Wall Street, with volumes and news light, although there were a few data points to look forward to.
Stocks are holding lower, albeit only slightly so, as the upwards pressure on the single currency ebbs a little, although the US dollar is still trading on its back foot following the previous day's large drop in US government bond yields.
London stocks had edged a little further still by midday as miners lent a hand, but volumes and news were light as we head into the new year.
Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has formed a new Australian subsidiary to develop the market for its rapid response electrolyser technology, which will be headed up by Neil Thompson as managing director.
Prime Minister Theresa May is being pressured by Brexit supporters to withdraw Conservative whip from Michael Heseltine over his "disloyal comments" suggesting that a Jeremy Corbyn government would be better than Brexit.
AIM-listed Internet of Things provider Telit Communications said on Thursday that its leading financing bank has granted an advance waiver for the potential breach of covenants as at 31 December 2017.