- UK stocks had a directionless open on Friday amid a quiet day for corporate news, as investors awaited more developments on China trade talks, Brexit and the commencement of US earnings season.

At 0828, the FTSE 100 was up 0.42 points at 7.418.37

Contracts-for-difference broking house Plus500 tumbled 36% as its first-quarter revenue plunged 82%, owing to 'extremely subdued' trading in financial markets.

Struggling womens' fashion retailer Bonmarche gained 3.3% after it urged its shareholders to reject an 11.445p takeover bid from billionaire Philip Day that valued the company at around £5.7m.

Bus and train company National Express gained 0.7% after it announced that it had bought a 60% stake in Silicon Valley employee shuttle service WeDriveU for $84.3m.

Board game retailer Games Workshop rallied 6.8% as it forecast a rise in annual profit amid higher royalty income.

Provident Financial continued its war of word with hostile bidder Non-Standard Financial, saying that it was 'gravely concerned' that Non-Standard had not answered questions about its bid.

Provident shares fell 0.2% while Non-Standard shares fell 0.4%.

Travel location convenience store owner SSP gained 0.4% after it said it had signed $199.5m and €58.5m of US private placement notes.

Mining group Tri-Star Resources fell 3.8% on news that both its chief executive and chairman were standing down.

Mobile phone games distributor Mobile Streams gained 6.4% after it announced it would cut its headcount by a 'significant' amount to offset falling revenue. At 8:33am:

[LON:BON] Bonmarche Holdings share price was 0p at 15p

[LON:GAW] Games Workshop Group PLC share price was +253p at 3563p

[LON:NEX] National Express Group PLC share price was +3.7p at 415.3p

[LON:PFG] Provident Financial PLC share price was -4.7p at 516.9p

[LON:PLUS] Plus500 Ltd share price was -246.35p at 473.05p

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