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The market spotlight at the end of the week will shift back towards China, where a barrage of economic activity indicators for the month of September are scheduled for release.
European stocks finished lower on Thursday, quickly giving back early gains triggered by news that the UK and the EU ha finally agreed upon a Brexit deal.
Analysts at Berenberg bumped up their target price on shares of Asos, telling clients that with much of the "transformational" heavy lifting associated with its warehouse transformations was now in the rear view mirror, the company was in a position to leverage its investments.
Traders shied away from pushing Sterling any higher on Thursday despite confirmation that the UK and the European Union had reached an agreement on the terms of the former's withdrawal from the bloc.
Industrial production in the States shrank a tad more than expected last month on the back of weakness in factory sector activity and mining.
Factory sector activity in the US mid-Atlantic region continued to hum along at a steady pace in October, the results of a closely-followed survey showed.
US housing starts fell more sharply than anticipated during the previous month, albeit due to weakness in the volatile multi-family segment.
Morgan Stanley posted better than expected earnings for its latest quarter, driven by its activities in the fixed income space and from its investment management arm, despite the volatility seen in financial markets over the period.
Commodity prices came under pressure on Wednesday as China vowed to counter proposed legislation in the States that could penalise Beijing's crackdown on protests in Hong Kong.
European stocks finished on a mixed note on Wednesday as Sino-US relations soured over Hong Kong, even as traders Brexit deal tried to keep track of the often contradictory reports out of the ongoing Brexit talks between the European Union and the UK.
It was a volatile day for Sterling as a succession of contradictory headlines around whether the outlines of a Brexit deal had in fact been agreed or not cascaded across traders' screens throughout the day.
London stocks slipped on Wednesday as pound strength continued to take its toll and with souring relations between the US and China denting the mood further.
The focus on Thursday will be on the start of a two-day summit of the European Council, the bloc's highest decision-making body.
Homebuilders in the US were in a buoyant mood last month, extending their bounce from the weakness seen a the tail-end of 2018, thanks in large part to an improved outlook for sales.
Sterling popped back above 1. 28 in afternoon trading following a report that the Northern Irish DUP had accepted the Brexit proposals tabled by Westminster, removing the biggest stumbling block to a deal being approved with the European Union.
Americans parked their urge to buy last month splashing out less on both automobiles and at gasoline stations.
Bank of America beat analysts' forecasts for its third quarter earnings, helped by a strong showing from its wealth management arm.
The focus on Wednesday will remain squarely on the headlines around the Brexit negotiations between Westminster and Brussels.
London stocks finished on a mixed note on Tuesday as data showed the UK jobs market cooled in August and sterling leaped higher on Brexit deal hopes.
European stocks continued their recent move higher amid renewed optimism over Sino-US trade relations and the chances of a Brexit deal.