Defensive areas of the market performed best on Thursday, aside from utilities that is, as shares of Centrica crumbled.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley stuck by their 'buy' recommendation on shares of ITV and 230p target price, pointing to nine different factors to back up their investment thesis.
Stocks finished near their best levels of the day, having mounted a comeback following early weakness that was attributed to an overnight drop in Chinese equities on the heels of continued upwards pressure on bond yields in the Asian giant.
Stocks are mounting a comeback following early weakness that some market commentary is attributing to an overnight drop in Chinese equities on the heels of continued upwards pressure on bond yields in the Asian giant.
South Africa's central bank opted to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday, but the country is still facing several hurdles on Friday when several key ratings agencies are set to choose whether to downgrade the country's debt.
Recently collated data from Statistics Canada revealed a significantly lower than expected rise in Canadian retail sales in September, as gains from higher gasoline prices were offset by declines in sales of vehicles and clothing.
Between 15 February and 30 September, renewable infrastructure company Greencoat Renewables's portfolio, made up of wind farms that listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges in July of 2017, generated 107. 7GWh of electricity, which was 3% above budget for the period.
Business confidence in Belgium rose more than expected in November, led by a sharp improvement in sentiment in busines-related services and construction.
The greenback weakened against a basket of currencies on Thursday with the dollar index dropping 0. 11% to 93. 117 by 1715 GMT, it's lowest level in more than a month.
The Bank of England has admitted paying its female staff 24% less than their male counterparts, primarily due to a lack of women in senior positions .
Friday offers a relatively peaceful end to the week in the financial calendar, with UK mortgage numbers, Germany's Ifo business climate survey and US PMI surveys to sate macro fans, results from Fuller Smith & Turner and Future, while those with some early Christmas shopping may be more focused on Black Friday.
The top flight index closed marginally lower on Thursday even as the pound slipped, with the latest readings on retail sales and UK GDP in focus.
News out for the UK on Thursday showed second estimate GDP quarter/quarter came in as expected, 0. 4%, while the latest minutes from the European Central Bank (ECB) eluded to a discussion about cutting the current bong buying programme.
Molecular diagnostics group Premaitha Health has signed an agreement with a new laboratory partner, it announced on Thursday, to offer a non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) screening solution in a new East Asian territory.
US tech giant Facebook has announced it will show users of the social network whether it interacted with pages set up by Russian bots during the presidential election last year.
Commercial flooring and specialist construction services company Mountfield Group updated the market on its trading in the year-to-date on Thursday, reporting that net profit for the year was likely to exceed that achieved in both the first half of the current year, and the second half of the 2016 year.
Zoopla and uSwitch owner ZPG confirmed on Thursday that it does not plan to make another offer for GoCompare.
UK car production bounced back last month thanks to an increase in exports, the industry’s trade association revealed on Thursday.
Emerging markets-focussed mobile media company Mobile Streams reported a decrease in revenues in its final results on Thursday, to £5. 7m from £12. 8m, which it put down to challenges in its core market of Argentina.
London's FTSE 250 was flat at 20,015. 41 in afternoon trade on Thursday.