Asian markets closed higher on Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve May meeting minutes indicated an unwinding of its balance sheet likely towards year-end and as investors look ahead to an OPEC gathering widely expected to extend output cuts.
One of the founders of premium drinks brand Fever-Tree has sold a stake of around 4pc in the company for more than �70m. Charles Rolls has cashed in on 4.5m shares at a price of �16.25, the company announced.
Petrofac shares plunged to their lowest since 2009 after the Serious Fraud Office accused the oilfield services company of failing to co-operate properly with its investigation into bribery and money laundering allegations.
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula.
Annual profits at Halfords have been hit by the weak pound despite a strong rise in sales. The car parts, bikes and camping retailer said pre-tax profits fell 10.5% to �71.4m for the year to March.