BHP released its operational review for the year ended 30 June on Wednesday, reporting that it met or exceeded full-year production guidance for petroleum, copper, iron ore and energy coal, as well as its revised guidance for metallurgical coal.
London stocks on Wednesday took up where they left off the previous afternoon, rising on the back of a pound that was taking a bruising from a new wave of political worries and upbeat updates from airline EasyJet and miner BHP Billiton.
GVC Holdings, the online gaming group that acquired bookmaker Ladbrokes in March, got a not-unsurprising boost from the World Cup in recent weeks that helped growth accelerate in the third quarter.
Building materials group CRH has completed the divestment of its DIY business in the Netherlands and Belgium, together with certain related property assets, it announced on Wednesday.
Tullow Oil lost out to Kosmos Energy in an arbitration case and has been ordered to pay at least an extra $50. 8m (£38. 8m) of costs from terminating a drilling contract two years ago.
Third-quarter revenues at easyJet rose 14%, despite industrial action in France, prompting the budget carrier to increase its guidance for full-year profits.
Smiths Group issued its pre-close trading update on Wednesday, ahead of its annual results for the year ending 31 July, reporting that it had successfully returned to growth with revenue for the 11 months ended 30 June up 3% on an underlying basis.
London stocks are expected to take up where they left off the previous afternoon, rising on the back of a pound that has taken a bruising from a new wave of political confusion.
London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 30 points higher on Wednesday, having closed up 0. 34% to 7,626. 33 on Tuesday.
Theresa May threatened Conservative rebels with a general election this summer if they defeated her plans on customs after Brexit. Tory whips issued the warning to Remain-backing MPs, led by the former ministers Stephen Hammond and Nicky Morgan, minutes before a crucial vote last night that would have kept Britain inside a customs union. - The Times.
US stocks recovered from a poor open to finish green on Tuesday, as investors digested a disappointing quarterly update from streaming giant Netflix and a Congressional testimony from Fed chair Jerome Powell.
Alpha Real Trust director Phillip Rose purchased £1m of shares in the London-listed investment company.
Silence Therapeutics has appointed Dr David Horn Solomon to its board to take on the role of chief executive, effective immediately.
Google could face a record fine from the European Union in a competition case over its Android mobile system, according to reports on Tuesday.
European stocks showed up late on Tuesday after the euro was sent packing as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell suggested US interest rates will continue to rise in spite of any uncertainty over trade policy.
London stocks perked up late on Tuesday as the pound fell on new Brexit fears ahead of a key parliamentary vote and expectations of rising US interest rates, with the latest UK jobs data seemingly doing little to nudge markets either way.
Netflix shares plunged as the entertainment streaming company missed its subscriber forecasts by one million for the second quarter.
Both budget airline easyJet and plastics maker RPC Group have the opportunity to set the record straight with investors as they provide trading updates on Wednesday, while UK inflation data could give a strong clue as what the Bank of England will do with its next interest rates decision.
Shares in Greene King were sent lower on Tuesday as Berenberg reiterated its view that the pub company was an investment "value trap", with underlying trading remaining poor and profit "likely to go backwards again" in 2018.
US stocks traded lower at the open on Tuesday, following a disappointing quarterly update from streaming giant Netflix and a Congressional testimony from Fed chair Jerome Powell.