Four Workspace directors and their spouses sold £1. 57m worth of the served office group's stock, which is just off its highest level in nine and half years.
European stocks ended higher on Wednesday amid some well-received earnings and as the dollar continued to dominate the single currency, with tech shares leading the gains.
London stocks rose on Wednesday as the pound was knocked lower by stalling inflation and politics, while updates from airline EasyJet and miner BHP Billiton lent a hand.
Capita chief financial officer Nick Greatorex has given notice that he intends to leave the outsourcer, seven months after a new chief executive was appointed.
Online fashion retailer Boohoo got a boost on Wednesday as Liberum bumped the stock up to 'buy' from 'hold' and lifted the price target to 240p from 220p on the back of an improvement in its key metrics.
JPMorgan Cazenove cut its price target on neutral-rated Royal Mail to 537p from 561p on Wednesday following the company's first-quarter results a day earlier.
The chief executive officer of Mr Kipling and Bisto owner Premier Foods survived an attempt to oust him on Wednesday, as the company posted a rise in first-quarter total group sales and said expectations for the year remain unchanged.
Goldman Sachs reinstated coverage of Ascential, formerly EMAP, with a 'buy' rating and 560p price target, saying the new business mix will support double-digit organic growth to 2020.
Half year results are due from Unilever and full year numbers from Sports Direct, while the Office for National Statistics will confirm official retail growth for last month.
US stocks were mostly a little higher in early trade on Wednesday, with Morgan Stanley boosted by solid second-quarter earnings, as investors digested the latest testimony from Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell and some disappointing data on housing starts.
Shares in plastics manufacturer RPC fell as the company saw revenue growth slow in the first quarter and warned that its acquisitive growth plans were being constrained.
Quadrise Fuels International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Freepoint Commodities, it announced on Wednesday.
Novel immunotherapies developer Scancell Holdings has exercised its option to a worldwide commercial licence for the use of Ichor Medical Systems' proprietary ‘TriGrid 2. 0’ electroporation delivery system with SCIB1 - Scancell's ‘ImmunoBody’ vaccine for the treatment of melanoma - it announced on Wednesday.
Waste management company Biffa updated the market on its trading on Wednesday, for the period from 31 March to date.
As children's entertainment behemoth Disney and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox tussle for control of Sky, Ofcom has revealed the broadcaster and telecoms utility was the least complained about provider in the latest complaints league table.
Miner BHP Billiton helped the FTSE risers in a narrow market after revealing fourth-quarter iron ore production rose 3% and raising 2019 guidance to +3%.
Markets in Asia started their sessions slightly firmer on Wednesday, but finished up a mixed bag as investors digested reassuring words from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell at his Congressional testimony.
US housing starts dropped to a nine-month low in June, according to data released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday.
Shares in Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson soared on Wednesday after the company posted an unexpected small operating profit in the second quarter.
European stocks were mostly higher on Wednesday as the dollar continued to dominate the single currency, with automotive and tech shares leading the gains.