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1700:Close Global trade concerns sent stocks lower as traders debated the implications of the Bank of England's latest communications and that of its US central bank's counterpart overnight, with a global trade war brewing.
US stocks finished lower on Thursday, as investors continued to mull over the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve overnight, and amid worries about a trade war leading to what one analyst referred to as "a veritable bloodbath" on Wall Street.
London stocks fell their lowest close since late 2016 as the pound held its gains after the Bank of England left the door open for a May rate rise, while miners and retailers leading the falls.
London's FTSE 250 was down 1.6% to 19,354.93 in afternoon trade on Thursday, mirroring broader losses in the market following the latest policy announcement from the Bank of England and amid growing worries about a US trade war.
Goldman Sachs kept its 'buy' rating on Just Eat as it continued to include it in its Conviction List, saying the company's decision to invest in own its own delivery service "is the correct one".
Sabre Insurance Group plc: Numis downgrades to add with a target price of 330.
London's FTSE 100 was down 1.6% to 6,925.83 in afternoon on Thursday trade as investors digested the latest policy announcement from the Bank of England.
Stocks on the Continent got dinged on Thursday, weighed down by a slate of weaker-than-expected economic data ahead of the expected announcement of US trade tariffs against China later in the day.
Analysts at Bernstein took a fresh look at life insurance firm Prudential on Thursday, reiterating their 'outperform' recommendation on the group's shares, as well as upping their target price as a result of some tweaking to its post-FY17 results estimates.
London stocks had extended losses by midday on Thursday as the pound held its gains after the Bank of England kept interest rates steady, as expected, while signalling that an increase in May might be on the cards.
Moroccan focused upstream oil and gas company Sound Energy doubled down on its assertion that its assets in the North African country held the potential to be transformed into a material hydrocarbon province on Thursday.
President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer for the investigation into alleged Russian election interference has resigned from the legal team according to media reports on Thursday.
UK retail sales last month bounced back more strongly than expected after two months of declines, though non-food store sales continued to wane.
Shares in Flybe tanked on Thursday as Stobart said it no longer plans to make a bid for the regional airline after the companies failed to agree on "satisfactory" terms.
Miners and oil equipment stocks gave back their gains from the previous session amid concerns ahead of the expected announcement by the US of tariffs on $50bn-worth of Chinese goods.
Catalan president, Roger Torrent has called for a vote in the regional assembly on Thursday afternoon on whether to nominate Jordi Turull as their candidate to Catalonia's presidency, despite the imminent risk that he might be sentenced to jail on charges of secession.
US stocks moved lower at the open on Thursday, as investors continued to mull over the latest policy announcement from the Federal Reserve overnight, amid worries about a trade war, leading to what one analyst referred to as "a veritable bloodbath" on Wall Street.
Intellectual property commercialisation firm Allied Minds narrowed losses in its most recent trading year, boosted by rising revenues reductions in its financing costs.
Fibre optic infrastructure designer, builder, owner and operator CityFibre announced Peterborough as the next roll-out city under its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) partnership with Vodafone on Thursday.
Natural resource investment company Polo Resources announced on Thursday that its investee company GCM Resources has signed a contract framework agreement with China Gezhouba Group (CGGC).
De La Rue’s chief executive has called on the government to reverse its decision to award the contract for making post-Brexit blue passports to a Franco-Dutch company.
Trump has taken to Twitter to boast about securing $1.6bn from the US budget bill to start building the Mexican border wall. He claims that he had to "waste money on Dem giveaways".
Double glazing group Safestyle posted a drop in full-year profit on Thursday as installations fell amid an "increasingly challenging" market and higher costs, as it announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
The Bank of England left the way open for interest rates to rise in May after policymakers voted 7-2 in favour of leaving borrowing costs unchanged.
Analysts at Numis upgraded their rating on intellectual property group Allied Minds on Thursday, highlighting the fact that the 15% drop in its net asset value per share over the last year was merely the result of a "further clean-up in the portfolio".