Wall Street's main market gauges began the week trading on a positive note, after Congress struck a deal to end the federal government shutdown which had been in place since Friday.
A bipartisan group of negotiators has reached across the aisle to finalise an agreement to reopen the US federal government almost 60 hours after it first shut down.
The IMF maintains its growth prediction for the UK in 2018 at 1. 5% but cuts its forecast for 2019 by one tenth of a percentage point, to 1. 5% as well.
Commodities found a slight bid at the start of the week, centred on base metals and agriculture futures.
Sterling continued to move higher at the start of the week after French Prime Minister Emmanuele Macron appeared to hold the door open to a bespoke trading arrangement for the UK after Brexit.
Periphery stocks outperformed on Monday, following sovereign debt upgrades for Greece and Spain, amid news that delegates from Germany's SPD party voted to start formal talks with the CDU/CSU on creating a grand coalition in the country.
Innovative and export oriented firms and SMEs operating in high-tech and service-related industries will be the most negatively affected by Brexit, according to research.
London's top flight index sagged a little as France's Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron held out the possibility of a bespoke trading arrangement for the UK after Brexit, boosting the value of the pound, and with bookmakers under the cosh amid speculation the government is planning a £2 maximum stake on betting machines.
Cyprus-based copper company Atalaya Mining produced 37,164 tonnes of copper at its Proyecto Riotinto over its first full calendar year, up from the 26,179 tonnes mined in 2016.
Premium bar operator Revolution Bars saw total revenue jump 10. 6% in the six months leading to 30 December, as four newly opened venues gave the group an extra boost during the all-important Christmas and New Year trading period.
Tesco has today announced changes to simplify its operational structures, improve efficiency and give line managers clearer accountability for colleague and customer experience.
Wall Street's main market gauges have begun the week trading on a slightly mixed note, following the US Senate's inability to avoid a federal government shutdown during the previous session.
Tuesday sees updates on UK public finances and the CBI's industrial trends survey, with the Bank of Japan's policy statement for early risers and company updates from Easyjet, SSP and retailers N Brown and Pets at Home.
Designer, manufacturer and supplier of kettle safety controls and other complementary water temperature management components Strix Group updated the market on its trading for the year to 31 December 2017 on Monday.
Conventional oil and gas production and development company Angus Energy announced on Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to form a new partnership with Cuadrilla Balcombe and Lucas Bolney.
US grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has proposed a takeover of New York-based agribusiness Bunge, a move that could potentially set off a bidding war with rival Glencore.
Shares in Barclays were boosted on Monday after news that a US hedge funds had made a £1bn bet on the bank's rebound.
Global insurance company American International Group (AIG) has inked a deal to acquire Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5. 56bn, as the group's new chief executive looked to reverse nearly ten years' worth of asset declines as a result of its near collapse in 2008.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 1% to 20,666. 65 in afternoon trade on Monday, with Ocado putting in an impressive performance.
Specialist technologies and electronic components designer, specifier and distributor APC Technology Group has signed an agreement to become the UK and Ireland distributor for 3D PLUS, a manufacturer of advanced high-density 3D microelectronics products for space applications, it announced on Monday.