European shares touched a record high on
Friday after EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan struck a positive
tone on talks with Washington, soothing some concerns over a
possible escalation in trade tensions between the cross-Atlantic
Ladbrokes-owner GVC said on Friday annual core
earnings would be at the top end of its forecast, as stronger demand for online
gambling buffers a hit from a bruising regulatory clampdown on slot machines in
China stocks inched higher on
Friday amid more signs of resilience in the world's
second-largest economy, though they posted modest weekly losses
as trader pocketed gains following a rally underpinned by
optimism around a Sino-U.S. trade deal.
Motor insurer Hastings on Friday
said it expects a steep drop in annual earnings because of high
claims costs in the final quarter and plans to lower its 2019
dividend, citing a challenging market environment.