Commodities: NYMEX gasoline on a tear as traders take stock of Harvey

Energy futures are racing higher across the board as markets continued to take stock of the situation on the US Gulf coast in the wake of hurricane Harvey, especially after the storm made landfall the day before near the Louisiana border forcing Motiva's refinery at Port Arthur – the country's largest – offline. 

UK consumer confidence on the rise in August

Consumer confidence in the UK recovered slightly in August after plumbing a 12-month low in July, however, the mood surrounding prospects for the coming year remained somewhat gloomy according to a survey performed by German market research firm GfK. 

London close: Stocks extend bounce, but some traders wary

London stocks extended their recent bounce helped along by a strong showing in the mining sector after better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data and a fifth session of gains for the benchmark S & P 500 in the States – although some observers remained unconvinced. 

600 Group disposes of ProPhotonix shareholding

AIM-listed 600 Group has sold off its entire holding in laser diode and LED systems manufacturer ProPhotonix for £1.5m, which results in a £1m profit in the consolidated income statement. 

Reach4entertainment warns FY earnings will miss market expectations

AIM-listed Reach4entertainment warned on Thursday that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the year to 31 December will be below market expectations, partly due to some live events being cancelled because of terrorist incidents in London and Manchester.