London stocks were set to rise at the open on Wednesday following losses in the previous session, with all eyes on any Brexit developments.
The state of the ongoing Brexit negotiations will contine to be firmly in focus on Wednesday as the Prime Minister visits Brussels for talks with European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker.
London stocks closed down at their lowest level in three weeks on Tuesday as another global sell-off combined with worries about Brexit and continued volatility in oil prices.
3i Group's deputy chairman Jonathan Asquith purchased 40,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 100-listed private equity and venture capital company on Tuesday.
Aviation services business John Menzies said on Tuesday that it is continuing to trade ahead of last year and is on track to meet full-year expectations.
Budget women's clothing retailer Bonmarche – which warned on profits back in September – posted a drop in interim profit on Tuesday amid flat sales.
Most markets in Asia finished in the red on Tuesday, with Nissan's plunge in focus after the arrest of the company's chairman amid fiscal misconduct allegations in Japan.
Online electrical goods retailer AO World was under the cosh on Tuesday as it reported a narrowing of its losses in the first half but struck a cautious note on the UK major domestic appliances (MDA) market.
London stocks were still in the red by midday on Tuesday having taken their cue from a downbeat session on Wall Street, as worries about Brexit continued to weigh on investors' minds.
The UK's manufacturing sector enjoyed a surprise rebound in activity in November, following sharp slowdown in October.