London stocks extended their gains on Friday, with investors taking pound strength in stride and taking heart from the latest Brexit developments in Parliament and signs of progress in Sino-US relations.
Rail and coach ticket booking platform Trainline is on track for a Â£1bn listing on the London Stock Exchange in the coming months.
Interserve has convened an urgent board meeting after its plans for a rescue fundraising were blocked by shareholders.
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.
First-quarter profit at recruiter SThree rose as strength in the international divisions offset a weaker UK performance.
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.
All eyes will continue to be trained on Westminster at the end of the week.