The market spotlight on Thursday is likely to again be on recently-appointed US central bank chief Jerome Powell, as he delivers the second part of his semi-annual testimony to Congress, this time before the Senate Banking Committee.
Trading on Wall Street opened marginally firmer on Wednesday, with shares bouncing back from a sell-off fuelled by new Fed chair Jerome Powell's congressional testimony on Tuesday, which rattled the market.
Dick's Sporting Goods has announced the removal of assault-style weapons from its stores and has raised the age for gun buyers to over 21.
Restaurant chain Prezzo is to restructure its business, closing 100 branches and putting several hundred jobs at risk as the company deals with its financial struggles.
Christopher Kingsman, non-executive director of Adept Telecom, dropped almost £2.5m to buy 800,000 ordinary shares in the IT managed services provider on Wednesday.
Engineered components, systems, and services provider Avingtrans saw revenue hit £26.9m in the six months leading to 13 November, up from the £9.6m reported at the same time a year earlier, driven principally by its earlier acquisition of the Hayward Tyler Group.
Natural resource development company GETECH Group reported on Wednesday that it returned a to cash positive operating position over the 17 month period leading up to 31 December.
Liberum cut its stance on AIM-listed windows and doors specialist Safestyle to 'hold' from 'buy' after it warned on 2018 revenue and profits on Wednesday, reducing the target price to 130p from 200p.
London stocks closed lower on Wednesday, weighed down by weakness in the mining sector and disappointing earnings from ITV and Taylor Wimpey, as the City was covered in a blanket of snow.
Arsenal Holdings Plc, the holding company for Arsenal Football Club, recorded a decrease in operating profits in their half year results on Wednesday as the club continues to struggle on the pitch.