Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.
Number of financial analysts tracking small companies fell during in the first half of 2018 as changes in EU rules forced a shakeup in how banks charge for research.
A 0.3% rise from the FTSE in London and 0.4% gains from Frankfurt and Paris was a welcome sight after another bumpy Asian session had extended a sell-off that has now wiped $1.5 trn off world stocks.
The index of Britain's biggest companies .FTSE was up 0.8 percent at 0850 GMT, hitting a new record high at 7,838.55 points
The UK’s top share index rose on Thursday as surging crude oil prices boosted commodity stocks and Shire’s shares jumped as bid talk heated up.
The UK’s top share index inched lower, weighed down by a disappointing update from banking heavyweight HSBC and declines in big mining stocks on metal price weakness.
Global investors cut equity holdings by the most in 2-years in Feb, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed, as world shares had their worst week since early 2016.
Against the euro, sterling rallied more than one percent to hit a one-week high of 87.41 pence EURGBP=.
Wall Street indexes rose with gains in consumer stocks such as Costco Wholesale helping a broad recovery.
US stocks climbed higher, boosted by gains in tech and banking shares and aided by news that the Republicans’ tax code overhaul should face final votes in Congress.