- UK stocks held on to early gains on Friday following the release of better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data, though concerns about US-Sino trade tensions lingered. Closely watched US monthly jobs numbers, released at 12.30 should set the tone for the rest of trading today.

At 1200, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 19.84 points, or 0.3%, at 7.268.22.

BHP gained 0.15% to £16.37 after it approved $44m for work needed to restart a concentrator at the Samarco mine in Brazil, the site of a catastrophic dam failure in 2015.

Telecom giant Vodafone gained 0.24% to 157.78p on announcing that it had formed a strategic partnership with sustainable phone maker Fairphone to offer its products to retail customers in Europe.

Steel supplier Evraz shed 0.2% to 366.6p as it reported a fall in crude steel production, owing to scheduled maintenance and weaker demand.

Auto dealer Lookers reversed 11.65% to 43.82p after it sounded a shock profit warning and announced the departures of chief executive Andy Bruce and chief operating officer Nigel McMinn.

Inter-dealer broker TP ICAP rose 6.6%% to 365.38p as its revenue grew 17% in the third quarter, though it stuck to its guidance of more subdued growth over the full year.

Pest control company Rentokil Initial gained 0.4% to 456.4p on announcing that it had acquired Florida Pest Control, for an undisclosed sum.

Scottish television broadcaster STV added 1.2% to 397.3p after it launched its set-top boxes on Sky.

Aviation support services provider BBA Aviation climbed 1.9% to 309.4p on announcing that the return to shareholders generated by the sale of its Ontic division would be at the top end of previous guidance.

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