Stocks across the Continent managed to hold on to their early gains even after the US president said on Monday he wants the European Union to eliminate the "large" tariffs and barriers that discriminate against his country's farmers and manufacturers.
AIM-quoted mineral exploration company Salt Lake Potash has signed a memorandum of understanding with gold mining firm Blackham Resources on the potential development of a potash sulphate project in Australia.
London stocks failed to build on the gains seen on Wall Street at the end of last week as investors mulled over news that London house prices have slumped over the last year, while M&A was in focus as Melrose sweetened its hostile bid for GKN.
European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said the bloc “will stand up to the bullies” over protectionism and will not be intimidated by the US on trade tariffs.
The electricity sector was the worst performing on Monday, contributing to a decline in London's main equity index, while industrial metals & mining maintained some upward pressure.
Wall Street trading kicked off with mixed performances on Monday, as the Dow Industrials came under selling pressure even as many investors continued to cheer encouraging jobs data at the end of the previous week.
Two construction groups linked to Carillion led the risers on the FTSE 250 on Monday, Galliford Try and Kier Group.
Shares of E. ON and RWE were catapulted higher by news of a multi-billion pound asset swap aimed at fending off the entry of European rivals into their main market.
Jefferies changed its stance on challenger banks CYBG and Virgin Money on Monday, upgrading the former as it downgraded the latter.
Point-of-sale, payment and online loyalty systems developer and supplier Universe Group has installed its next-generation point-of-sale, back office and head office solution in its 70th site for petrol forecourt operator Rontec, it announced on Monday.
Turnaround specialist Melrose Industries has upped its offer for engineer GKN to 467p per share, or £8. 1bn, from £7. 4bn.
Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) accounting software provider FreeAgent Holdings announced the appointment of Nick Longden as vice-president of sales on Monday, to help spearhead its growth strategy within its accounting practice division.
Product testing, inspection and certification company, Intertek, has acquired Malta-based quality and quantity cargo inspection services provider Aldo Abela Surveys (AAS) for an undisclosed sum.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 4% to 7,198. 98 in afternoon trade on Monday.
Cancer treatment prediction technology provider Physiomics has successfully completed the Innovate UK grant project announced in January last year, it announced on Monday.
Radiation detection technology company Kromek has been awarded an extension to its high-volume production contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the US Department of Defense, initially awarded in February 2016.
Clinical-stage pharmaceutical company Diurnal saw losses widen in the first half of its trading year as costs rose ahead of the launch of its maiden product.
1457: Shares of SSE are lower after the Competition and Markets Authority said it would examine the implications of the asset swap between E. ON and RWE for the already proposed tie-up between npower and SSE. 1449: Commenting on Friday's news of a possible Saudi order for 48 Typhoon jets, in a research note sent to clients analysts at JP Morgan highlight the lack of detail around when the formal contract will be signed. Assuming a handful of deliveries in 2019 and eight per year between 2020 and 2024, then the broker's estimates for BAE's earnings per share might get a lift of between 2% and 4% in 2019 and 2020, possibly more if weapons were also provided, they said.
Trading of virtual reality technology company VR Education's shares began in London and Ireland on Monday morning after the firm raised a total of £6m, rising more than 17% on debut.
The European Central Bank had not even begun to discuss possible revisions to its 'forward guidance', a top official clarified.