SSE: Barclays reiterates overweight with a target price of 1695p.
BP: UBS reiterates buy with a target price of 550p.
BHP Billition: HSBC reiterates hold with a target price of 1200p.
Vodafone: HSBC reiterates buy with a target price of 280p.
Sterling was moving sharply higher versus the European single currency on Thursday morning, alongside the US dollar, as the market acknowledged the relatively greater scope for interest rate rises in both the UK and the US.
Stocks began the morning moving slightly lower as investors waited on a host of economic data and Greece and its creditors staked out their respective positions ahead of a meeting between both sides.
British auto and parts dealer Halfords could be set to appoint retail businessman John Browett as its new chief executive after he left fashion retailer Monsoon last month.
UK stocks dropped sharply on Wednesday morning as the sell-off resumed ahead of a busy session for global financial markets.
The sell-off is expected to resume on Wednesday after a brief pause the previous session, with markets eyeing a number of key 'risk events' across the globe.
Travel companies Easyjet and International Consolidated Airlines Group were boosted by the fall in oil prices, on hopes that lower fuel costs will boost profitability.
One of America's biggest law firms is set to launch an investigation into the conduct of former Phones 4U directors.
British American Tobacco: Goldman Sachs reduces target price from 3530p to 3250p downgrading to sell.
1630: Close UK stocks have closed lower, led by losses in cyclical stocks such Tullow, GKN, or Ashtead, amongst others, ahead of the release of the minutes of the US FOMC's last policy meeting, tonight. That comes on the back of somewhat increased market focus on the downside risks to global growth prospects, especially in the Eurozona and China. Front month Brent crude futures continued to slip lower, ending the session down by 0.491% to $91.66 per barrel. Financials such as LSE, Prudential and Legal&General propped the top flight index up. FTSE 100 down 13 to 6,482.
Electrical retailer Dixons Carphone said it expects to gain from the collapse of Phones4U as it set out plans to double the size of the business in the next three to four years.
The economic calendar for the Wednesday session is rather sparse, but contains what is perhaps the main risk event of the week, the release of the minutes of the most recent Fed policy meeting.
Dixons Carphone on Wednesday said it has offered collapsed Phones4U employees 800 jobs at its Currys/PC World stores.
The collapse of UK high street chain Phones 4U (P4U) could spell good news for Dixons Carphone, according to Investec which repeated its 'buy' recommendation for the electrical goods and mobile-phone retailer.
Home electronics retailer Dixons Carphone said its integration was progressing well as it reported strong trading in the three months to August.
Merger partners Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail were both gaining around 5% on Friday afternoon after shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favour of the £3.7bn tie-up yesterday.
The upcoming merger between Carphone Warehouse Group and Dixons Retail has received clearance from the European Commission (EC), it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.