London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Thursday, aided by a weaker pound as investors were bewildering by Brexit business in Westminster.
One of Hikma Pharmaceuticals's directors picked-up some shares in the company the day after its latest full-year numbers.
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.
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.
The acquisition of Sofology helped to boost profits and revenue at furniture retailer DFS in the first half, but the company warned on Thursday that order intake in the second half has slowed.
London stocks nudged a touch higher in early trade on Thursday as investors mulled over the chaotic parliamentary events of the previous night and looked ahead to a vote on whether to delay the Brexit process.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has warned that prolonged Brexit uncertainty could further damage the UK housing market, after it revealed another slowdown in activity during February.
London stocks were set to edge lower on Thursday as investors mulled over the events of the previous night and looked ahead to a Commons vote on whether to delay the Brexit process by extending Article 50.
Beware the Ides of March. Investors attention will continue to be trained on Britain's Parliament, assuming that on the previous evening MPs had voted down the possibility of a 'no deal' withdrawal.