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Fever-Tree: Jefferies initiates buy with a target price of 3000p.
FTSE 100 shares looked to break a four-day losing streak on Friday, boosted by a weaker pound and with broker upgrades providing some optimism among the gloomy retail updates.
Canaccord Genuity upped its stance on Halfords to 'buy' from 'hold' on Friday, lifting the price target to 436p from 370p following the company's third-quarter update a day earlier.
London's FTSE 250 was down 0.1% to 20,652.10 in afternoon trade on Friday, with retailers in focus.
London stocks were boosted on Friday by weakness in the pound, which slipped following the release of disappointing retail data that added to the sector's woes alongside a profit warning from Carpetright.
Cereal maker Kellogg's has made an investment of BRL 215m towards an expansion of operations in the south of Brazil, the company announced on Friday.
Funeral provider Dignity issued a profits warning on Friday as it said 2018 results would be slammed by a price war in the sector.
John Foley, chairman of UK-based permanent façade access equipment firm Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG), sold 750,000 ordinary shares in the company on Friday, as did chief executive Paul Teasdale, with the pair collecting over £1.5m a piece as a result of the two transactions.
BT Group has been blocked by a High Court ruling from changing the rate of inflation used to calculate the pension deficit for many of its workers.
European stocks found a bid heading into the weekend, amid data revealing strong inflows into the bloc's equity markets.
Shares in flooring and beds specialist Carpetright plunged on Friday as the company issued another profits warning and reported trading in its important post-Christmas period “significantly behind expectations”.
Wall Street's main market gauges are trading mostly higher despite a downbeat close the day before, as investors put aside their concerns about a possible government shutdown ahead of a key Senate vote.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission cautioned investors over bitcoin-themed investments on Thursday, as the regulator warned the fund industry that it wanted answers to its vast concerns before making any moves to endorse multiple proposed products based on cryptocurrencies.
Official UK retail sales sank sharply last month in the worst December performance for seven years as households continued to feel the real income squeeze.
Fevertree Drinks is in a "unique" position to capitalise on the 'premiumisation' or 'gin-naissance' trends in the drink industry, analysts believe, leading to rumours on Friday that the company may be a takeover target.
EasyJet looks ready to reap the benefits of its moves to expand its short-haul flight business, as its acquisition of recently collapsed carrier Air Berlin's operations at Tegel Airport set up the British firm to take the title of Germany's leading airline.
In the three months leading to 31 December, miner Trans-Siberian Gold produced 12,244 ounces of gold to lift annual production just ahead of guidance.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Britain would not gain access to EU markets, including lucrative financial services, unless it paid for them.
All eyes are on Capitol Hill and whether Senators from both sides of the aisle will manage to avert a federal government shutdown amid a looming bust-up over immigration.
UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has discussed the possibility of building a bridge between the UK and France with French president Emmanuel Macron in order to facilitate transport after Brexit.
Insurance group Aviva has completed the sale of its 49% shareholding in its Taiwanese joint venture, First Aviva Life, to its partner First Financial Holdings.
London stocks were boosted by midday on Friday by a fall in the pound, which slipped following the release of disappointing retail data that added to the sector's woes alongside a profit warning from Carpetright.
Esports entertainment group Gfinity announced on Friday that Paris-based esports franchise ARES has acquired its place on the roster at the Gfinity Elite Series season three, which is due to commence in March.
News that Interserve was being closely monitored by the UK government after collapse into insolvency of contracting peer Carillion sent its shares tumbling on Wednesday.