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Friday preview: China activity indicators, InterContinental Hotels Group

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.

Europe close: Stocks erase erase early gains despite Brexit deal

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.

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London close: Stocks remain positive amid Brexit deal scepticism

London stocks had pulled back from earlier gains by the close on Thursday, but remained above the waterline, as the pound rose against the greenback after the UK and the European Union reached a deal on Brexit.

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Berenberg ups target on Asos following warehouse transformations

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.

Feedback considering opportunities for 'Bleepa' product

Specialist medical imaging technology company Feedback updated the market on ‘Bleepa’ on Thursday, reporting that it was considering a number of potential opportunities for the product following its launch at the NHS Expo in September.

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Ormonde joint venture Saloro enters into new EUR 10m loan facility

Ormonde Mining reported on Thursday that Saloro, the operator of the Barruecopardo Tungsten Mine in Spain in which Ormonde holds a 30% joint venture interest, has entered into a €10m, 12 month term loan facility to be provided by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management.

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Petro Matad reports unexpected results from Gazelle-1 well

Mongolia-focussed oil explorer Petro Matad announced the results of drilling and logging operations at the Gazelle-1 well in the north of Block XX, eastern Mongolia on Thursday, reporting that the well had been drilled with the DQE rig 40105 to a total depth of 2550 metres, with wireline logging completed.

Regal Petroleum confirmed spudding of well at MEX-GOL and SV fields

Oil and gas exploration and production company Regal Petroleum announced the spudding of the SV-54 well at its wholly-owned and operated Mekhediviska-Golotvshinska and Svyrydivske gas and condensate fields in Ukraine on Thursday.

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Director dealings: Saga chairman raises stake

Saga revealed on Thursday that chairman Patrick O'Sullivan had acquired 100,000 ordinary shares in the British "life after 50" specialists.

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Intelligent Ultrasound inks training agreement with Fujifilm SonoSite

Intelligent Ultrasound on Thursday entered into an agreement with Fujifilm SonoSite to deliver a training solution for the point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) market.

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Canaccord dowgrades Travis Perkins to 'hold' amid ongoing macro uncertainties

Analysts at Canaccord Genuity downgraded British builders' merchant Travis Perkins from 'buy' to 'hold' on Thursday ahead of the group's third-quarter report card next week.

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Stirling Industries prepares to wind-up as Ipsen deal slips away

Stirling Industries announced on Thursday that it was exploring “a variety of solutions” with potential providers of equity and private capital, to allow the possible acquisition of Ipsen International to proceed.

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Gateley and partners enter five-year lock-in agreement

Gateley on Thursday entered into a new five-year agreement with its partners that will place certain restrictions on the sale of ordinary shares in the company.

Aura Energy begins field activities on gold tenements in Mauritania

Aura Energy has started field activities and data review on its granted exploration licences for its gold, base and battery metal tenements in Mauritania, it announced on Thursday, reporting that the work included field inspections, geological mapping of structures and the review and confirmation of previous drill data for both the gold projects and the nickel cobalt projects.

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US open: Stocks turn green following solid earnings, Brexit deal

Stocks traded higher at the open on Thursday as markets breathed a sigh of relief after a draft Brexit deal was struck between UK and EU officials and on the back of solid earnings from some more blue-chip companies.

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FTSE 250 movers: WH Smith jumps, Rathbone reels

London's FTSE 250 was 0. 26% higher at 20,239. 98 in afternoon trade on Thursday, as WH Smith led the index upward.

Brexit deal may get through Parliament, Exane says

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.

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Unemployment figures don't reflect millions of jobless Britons

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Centre for Cities released a study indicating that there could be “hidden” numbers in official unemployment data.

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Philip Morris lowers guidance as Russian tax authority issues $374m fine

US tobacco giant Philip Morris cut its full-year profit guidance on Thursday following an investigation by a Russian tax authority that concluded its local affiliate had underpaid taxes.

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Millions of Britons left without connection after Three network crashes

A crash in Three's network on Wednesday night left millions of its customers without signal and data access on their mobiles.