1700: An interesting - even if more brief than usual - day in markets it has been, given that both the corporate and economic calendars were rather empty on Thursday.
Michael Flowers will retire as chief executive of Chemring at the end of June after four years in the role, the defence company said on Tuesday.
1700:Close Stocks carved out slight gains as the pound trimmed early sharp gains, as investors reacted positively to hints of progress in Washington's trade negotiations with Beijing and its NAFTA partners.
Chemring, which is currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged money laundering, bribery and corruption, said on Thursday that its subsidiary, Chemring Countermeasures, has been awarded contracts for export customers worth a total of £23m.
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Chemring posted a rise in full-year revenues on Thursday as the Serious Fraud Office announced that it has launched an investigation into the defence group and one of its subsidiaries.
Analysts at Berenberg initiated coverage on small-cap defence company Chemring on Wednesday, giving it a target price of 211p and issuing it a 'buy' rating.
Chemring said on Friday that it has received the cash advance payment and export licenses associated with the $30m contract to supply 40mm ammunition to an international customer.
Chemring reported a rise in revenue on Tuesday even as the order book slipped, as it reiterated its expectations for the year.
Analysts at Barclays Research stuck to a 'positive' stance on European Aerospace & Defence names, but again sounded a cautious note on Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, although they revised their target price on shares of the former higher.
Chemring's subsidiary, Chemring Countermeasures USA, has been awarded a $28m contract by the US Army Garrison at Rock Island Arsenal.
Defence group Chemring reported a narrowing of its first-half losses on Thursday as revenue grew and the company reinstated its dividend.
Chemring said on Friday that it has kicked off the year on a positive note, with trading in the first four months in line with its expectations.
Chemring's US subsidiary, Chemring Sensors and Electronic Systems, has received a contract from the US Army for ten ground penetrating radar trial systems, which will incorporate the group's enhanced detection technology capabilities.
Shares in Chemring had managed to 'break-out' from the downward-sloping price channel in which they had been constrained since early 2011, but had yet to overcome a key level of technical resistance, Digital Look technical analyst Jose Maria Rodriguez said.
Canaccord Genuity on Monday upgraded its rating on Chemring to 'buy' from 'hold' and raised the target price to 210p from 160p.
On 19 January, the spouse of Chemring´s finance chief, Karen Lewis, picked up 8,720 shares in the aerospace, defence and security goods manufacturer at an individual price of 173.74p, the company said in a statement.
Chemring, a manufacturer of high technology products and services to the aerospace, defence and security markets, has appointed the winner of the finance director of the year award, Andrew Lewis as its group finance director.
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BAE Systems's group director for business development took advantage of a two-day spike in the shares of the aerospace and defence engineer to take some profits.