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AstraZeneca hails positive findings in breast cancer drug trial

AstraZeneca said on Thursday that a phase III trial of its capivasertib drug in combination with Faslodex (fulvestrant) had demonstrated a "statistically significant and clinically meaningful" improvement in progression-free survival in patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-low or negative, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

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FTSE 100 movers: Miners rally; LSE hit by downgrade

London’s FTSE 100 was flat at 7,487. 43 in afternoon trade on Thursday.

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WPP buys Canadian commerce agency Diff

Advertising giant WPP has announced the acquisition of Canadian commerce agency Diff for an undisclosed sum.

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London midday: Stocks a touch weaker as recession worries weigh

London stocks were still a touch weaker by midday on Thursday as recession fears continued to weigh on sentiment.

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Unilever mulling sale of US ice cream brands - report

Unilever is reportedly considering the sale of a portfolio of US ice cream brands that could be valued at as much as $3bn.

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UBS downgrades London Stock Exchange to ‘neutral’

UBS downgraded London Stock Exchange Group to ‘neutral’ from ‘buy’ on Thursday and cut the price target to 8,500p from 9,000p as it argued that forex headwinds will more than offset improving execution and valuation.

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Vertu Motors to buy Helston Garages for £117m

Car dealership Vertu Motors said on Thursday that it has agreed to buy Helston Garages for £117m.

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London open: Stocks edge down as recession fears dent sentiment

London stocks edged lower in early trade on Thursday as recession fears continued to weigh on sentiment.

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In The Style considers sale; swings to interim loss

Womenswear brand In The Style said on Thursday that it was launching a strategic review, which could include a possible sale of the company, as it announced the departure of its chief executive and a swing to an interim loss.

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Purplebricks on track for FY even as first-half losses widen

Online estate agency Purplebricks reported a widening of its first-half losses on Thursday but said it was on track to meet full-year expectations as its turnaround plan was being delivered "at pace".

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DS Smith lifts FY outlook after strong first half

Packaging company DS Smith lifted its full-year outlook on Thursday as it hailed an "excellent" performance in the first half.

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London pre-open: Stocks to nudge up but recession fears continue to weigh

London stocks were set to nudge up at the open on Thursday following losses in the previous session, as recession worries continue to play on investors’ minds.

Thursday newspaper round-up: Energy support, hospitality industry, Bulb

Britain’s biggest business group has urged ministers to quickly decide which industries will receive energy support from next spring as hundreds of companies brace for their bills to more than double. The Confederation of British Industry called on the government to urgently set out details of how it plans to extend the energy bill relief scheme for firms with large bills beyond March 2023. The scheme, which discounts the wholesale cost of energy for all companies, charities and public sector organisations, was introduced in October to replicate the support offered to households in cushioning the shock from rapidly rising energy bills.

07 Dec
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London close: FTSE falls as China trade data, recession fears weigh

London stocks fell on Wednesday as disappointing Chinese trade data and recession fears outweighed optimism about a further easing of Covid restrictions in China.

07 Dec
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FTSE 100 movers: GSK surges on Zantac ruling; Ashtead falls

London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 7,526. 03 in afternoon trade on Wednesday.

07 Dec
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Barclays upgrades Haleon to 'overweight'

Barclays upgraded Haleon on Wednesday to ‘overweight’ from ‘equalweight’ after a US Court threw out lawsuits alleging that GSK’s former heartburn drug, Zantac, had caused cancer.

07 Dec
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Investors to sue Home REIT over 'misleading information'

Law firm Harcus Parker said on Wednesday that it is seeking redress for shareholders of social housing landlord Home REIT over claims they have been misled by information they were provided by the company and its associates.

07 Dec
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UK house prices suffer biggest monthly fall since October 2008 - Halifax

UK house prices suffered their biggest monthly decline in November since the global financial crisis in October 2008, amid rising mortgage rates, according to a survey released on Wednesday by lender Halifax.

07 Dec
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Emirates Telecommunications lifts stake in Vodafone

Emirates Telecommunications has lifted its stake in Vodafone to 11% from 9. 8%.

07 Dec
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London midday: Stocks nudge lower amid recession fears; GSK rallies

London stocks had nudged into the red by midday on Wednesday, as investors weighed up a further loosening of Covid restrictions in China against disappointing Chinese trade data and recession fears.