Wall Street ended six straight days of gains on Wednesday as shares fell on reports that China might cut US government debt purchases and US President Donald Trump would end the NAFTA agreement.
European stocks finished the session in mixed fashion amid a jump in the euro's value and sharp gains in German government bond yields.
Analysts at Berenberg initiated coverage on small-cap defence company Chemring on Wednesday, giving it a target price of 211p and issuing it a 'buy' rating.
London stocks finished on a mixed note on Wednesday, as investors digested the latest reading on industrial production, with retailers in focus again following updates from Sainsbury’s, Ted Baker and Superdry.
Thursday is going to be the busiest day of the new year corporate rush, with post-Christmas updates from retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Boohoo, plus housebuilder Barratt and recruiter Hays.
Trade union Unite warned the UK government on Wednesday that it was "raising the white flag" without much of a fight to save Bombardier jobs put at risk by the Canadian firm's ongoing spat with Boeing, demanding an urgent meeting between itself and the new secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley.
Andrew Coombs, chief executive officer of commercial property development group Sirius Real Estate, disposed of 166,000 ordinary shares in the company on Wednesday.
Wall Street is trading on the back foot after a report that China might be mulling not buying US government debt sent longer-term Treasury yields to their highest in almost a year.
Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has received approval from the European Commission (EC) for its asthma medicine Fasenra.
Shares in trend fashion outlet Superdry were distinctly out of favour on Wednesday despite reporting booming online sales over the Christmas period.
Hikma Pharmaceuticals is likely to disappoint with its outlook for the coming year, Jefferies analysts feared, downgrading the drugmaker to 'underperform'.
UK firms are finding it harder than ever before to find skilled workers, with nearly three-quarters of the services industry struggling to recruit the employees they need.
London Stock Exchange said on Wednesday that changes to the US tax system are not expected to have a material impact on the group.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% to 7,741. 79 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, with banks leading the advance.
The UK government policy of charging 5p for plastic bags used at large retailers is expected to be extended to small shops in the UK.
AIM-listed Gaming Realms, a developer, publisher and licensor of mobile real money and social games, has signed a partnership agreement with the Health Lottery.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has taken the first steps towards hiking taxes on cobalt exports by more than double, a move that could potentially increase the cost of a key material used in electric car batteries.
Longer-term US Treasury yields jumped to near their 2017-highs following a report that Beijing might be looking to slow or stop its purchases of American government debt.
European stocks are trading in mixed fashion amid a jump in the euro's value and sharp gains in German government bond yields.
Dixons Carphone's mobile phone retail arm Carphone Warehouse has been slapped with one of the largest fines ever issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after one of the company's computer systems was compromised as a result of a 2015 cyber attack.