StockMarketWire.com - Disappointing economic data from the eurozone and continuing Brexit uncertainty means stocks remain nervy with the FTSE 100 giving up earlier gains to trade roughly flat at midday at 6,961.90.

Retailers are facing up to today's Black Friday sales event which marks the start in earnest of the crucial festive shopping season.

Having been closed for Thanksgiving yesterday, futures markets are pointing to declines for US stocks when trading begins on Wall Street later.

Flybe soared 22% in the wake of reports Virgin Atlantic was mulling a takeover of the struggling regional airline.

LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Brick maker Ibstock rallied 9.4% to 239.4p on news it had sold US business Glen-Gery to Brickworks for $110m, while confirming its full-year guidance.

Marine services company James Fisher and Sons posted a 15% rise in year-to-date revenue driven by demand from the offshore wind sector. Its shares dipped 1.1% to £17.05

HICL Infrastructure said it had won a contract to help develop the transmission line for the UK's Galloper offshore wind farm. Its shares were flat at 159p

Indivior announced that Health Canada had approved its opioid addiction treatment, paving the way for it to begin sales in Canada by the second half of 2019. Its shares fell 1.2% to 99.1p

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Construction company Interserve slumped 6.6% to 32.9p, despite forecasting a higher annual profit, as revenue fell in its construction division and it revealed a plan to cut debt by either raising capital or selling assets.

UK brewer and pub company Fuller Smith & Turner fell 2.4% to 912p as it posted a 12% fall in first-half profit, owing to rising costs as it expanded its footprint.

Specialist currency manager Record climbed 5.1% to 31.8p as it posted a 5% rise in first-half profit after earning its first performance fees since March 2016.

Computer vision technology company Seeing Machines shed 5.6% on news chief financial offer James Palmer was standing down for personal reasons.

Story provided by StockMarketWire.com