Most markets in Asia finished higher on Friday, after the Bank of Japan sated the expectations of traders by standing pat on its monetary policy.
London stocks had extended gains by midday on Friday as investors took heart from the latest Brexit developments in Parliament and signs of progress in Sino-US relations.
London stocks rose in early trade on Friday as investors took heart from the latest Brexit developments in Parliament.
London stocks were set for gains at the open on Friday after MPs voted to seek an extension to Article 50.
Parliament has, as expected, voted to postpone Britain's exit from the European Union for three months, subject to MPs approving the Prime Minister's withdrawal proposal.
London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Thursday, aided by a weaker pound as investors were bewildering by Brexit business in Westminster.
Eurosceptic European Research Group brexiteer Steve Baker said on Wednesday night on ITV that he has plans to ensure the UK leaves the European Union on the original Brexit date, 29 March.
Markets in Asia finished mixed on Thursday, as investors reacted to fresh economic data out of China, and further developments in the ongoing Brexit saga in the UK House of Commons.
Commodities were awash in green on Wednesday, on the back of US dollar weakness and data revealing an unexpected drop in oil inventories Stateside.
London stocks extended gains by midday on Thursday, helped along by a weaker pound as investors continued to mull over the chaotic parliamentary events of the previous night and looked ahead to a vote on whether to delay the Brexit deadline.