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  2. Archie Norman is new M&S chairman
  3. Brent crude slips below $48 a barrel
  4. Pearson and IAG shares jump
  5. Sterling up at $1.2933

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By Dearbail Jordan

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  1. London stock markets finish up

    Stock market trader

    The FTSE 100 has ended Friday up 42.40 points, or 0.58%, at 7,290.50.

    The FTSE 250 is 2.73 ahead at 19,683.54.

    The pound is trading up 0.29% against the dollar at $1.296.

    We'll be back shortly with the final figures once the markets have settled. 

  2. Pearson to continue talks with investors

    At Pearson's annual general meeting, a substantial number of investors voted against the re-appointment of Elizabeth Corley, chairman of the education group's remuneration committee. 

    Following the vote, Pearson said: "Naturally, we acknowledge this feedback and thank those shareholders who have already spoken with us and explained their reasons for not supporting the relevant resolutions.

    "The remuneration committee is committed to continuing dialogue with our shareholders to help shape the implementation of our remuneration policy going forward."

  3. BreakingInvestors give Pearson a bloody nose on pay

    John Fallon
    Image caption: Pearson chief executive John Fallon

    Nearly two thirds of Pearson's shareholders rejected the company's remuneration report for 2016.

    In all, 66% of the shareholder vote rejected the remuneration report in a non-binding poll. Pearson's chief executive John Fallon was handed a 20% pay rise last year despite the company reporting a £2.6bn loss.

    But, in a binding vote, 31.5% rejected Pearson's pay policy.

  4. Drivers are confused, says Jaguar Land Rover

    Following the publication of the government's draft plan to cut air pollution, which includes a possible scrappage scheme, Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Jeremy Hicks says:

    Quote Message: Recent publicity around the diesel debate has caused significant confusion for customers; we are seeing more and more people ask us whether they should be buying a petrol or a diesel."
  5. Paper art for paper money

    Kevin Peachey

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    Travelling print artist Aidan Saunders

    Old paper fivers cease to be legal tender from Saturday, meaning that shops can reject them.

    Most people will have to take them to their bank instead.

    So the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead next week has come up with a ruse.

    Bring in your paper fiver, featuring Elizabeth Fry, and travelling print artist Aidan Saunders will sell you one of his artworks in return.

  6. Oil struggles to regain losses

    Oil prices remained in the doldrums on Friday despite assurances from Opec leader Saudi Arabia over output cuts.

    Brent is trading at $48.79 a barrel, up 0.41% but below the psychologically important $50 mark. West Texas Intermediate is now $45.87 a barrel.

    Late on Thursday, Saudi Arabia's Opec governor Adeeb Al-Aama told Reuters that the oil cartel and non-OPEC nations were close to agreeing a deal on supply cuts.

    "Based on today's data, there's a growing conviction that a six-month extension may be needed to rebalance the market, but the length of the extension is not firm yet."  

  7. Yahoo boss payout is 'egregious'

    Marissa Mayer
    Image caption: Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer

    A former president of Yahoo has criticised a reported $186m payout chief executive Marissa Mayer is set to receive following the internet search company's $4.4bn merger with Verizon.

    Sue Decker, who was previously chief financial officer at Yahoo and serves on the board of Berkshire Hathaway among others, told CNBC: "Given what happened in the performance of the company, it seems on the egregious side."

    Yahoo last year disclosed a major hacking attack which may have affected one billion users.

  8. Big blue tumbles into the deep

    IBM logo

    As widely expected, IBM shares fell on Friday after billionaire investor Warren Buffett sold off a third of his stake in the IT services business.

    Shares fell 2.70% to $154.75. 

    Mr Buffett told CNBC: "I don't value IBM the same way that I did six years ago when I started buying ... I've revalued it somewhat downward."

  9. Starbucks sued over unicorn coffee

    Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino
    Image caption: Does this drink taste like 'sour birthday cake and shame'?

    Aren't unicorns supposed to be made of sunshine and smiles?

    It seems not.

    A New York coffee house called The End Brooklyn and its owner Montauk Juice Factory say they created the Unicorn Latte and have now filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Starbucks over its Unicorn Frappuccino.

    The Washington Post reckons that the Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like "sour birthday cake and shame", so it sounds like there really isn't that much to fight about.

  10. BreakingMixed opening for US stocks

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has opened 7.17 points down at 20,944.30.

    The S&P 500 is up 5.06 points at 2,394.58.

    The Nasdaq is also trading ahead, up 17.19 points at 6,092.53.

  11. SMMT: scrappage scheme must be targeted

    Diesel fuel pump

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders has responded to a possible diesel vehicle scrappage scheme

    Chief executive Mike Hawes says: "As outlined in the plan, any proposed scrappage scheme would need to be targeted and deliver clear environmental benefits. We're encouraged that plans to improve traffic flow and congestion, as well as increase uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles, will be prioritised in towns and cities."

  12. Non-farm payroll figures are 'just right'


    The new US jobs figures are "Goldilocks numbers" according to  ETX Capital senior market analyst Neil Wilson.

    He says: "Not too hot and not too cold. As we needed it, today’s nonfarm payrolls are just right to nail on a June rate hike but not enough to make us think the Fed will turn more hawkish."

    Mr Wilson adds: "Judging by these numbers the US labour market remains in rude health and should offer the Fed all the ammunition it needs to raise rates again in June. After some doubts were cast over the pace tightening by the first quarter GDP miss, the Fed looks justified in thinking this would be transitory."

  13. US jobless rate falls to nine-year low

    More on the US non-farm payroll numbers.

    The jobless rate shrank from 4.5% to 4.4% - the lowest since May 2007.

  14. US rate hike 'likely in June'

    The US jobs numbers for April were a "strong bounce-back" after the "disappointing figures" the month before, says Kully Samra, UK managing director at Charles Schwab.

    "With the Fed hitting the pause button in May, the recovery in today’s employment data gives weight to the prospect of a further rate hike in June and the possibility of two or three more this year," he says.

  15. BreakingUS adds 211,000 jobs in April

    The US created 211,000 jobs in April, a jump from March's 98,000 figure, the Department of Labor says.

  16. RAC: Diesel drivers 'face mosaic of confusion'

    London air

    The government has published a draft air pollution plan which proposes a scrappage scheme for diesel cars in areas with high levels of dirty air.

    The RAC says: "The risk for the nearly 12 million owners of diesel cars is a mosaic of confusion with different rules applying in different places. Anyone holding out for a scrappage scheme looks set for a long wait. Meantime we need a redoubling of effort to increase the take up of ultra-green cars, sales of which are currently underwhelming."

  17. Crossed signals for Inmarsat

    Solar panels

    Over on the FTSE 250, poor old Inmarsat is carrying the wooden spoon, down almost 7%, after Barclays cut the stock from equal weight to underweight and Berenberg changed its rating from Hold to Sell.

    Berenberg says easy contract wins are now in the past, meaning slower, less profitable growth is in store.

    Today's fall - the sharpest on the mid-cap market - brings the losses for Inmarsat shares over the past 12 months to 11% - not disastrous admittedly. 

  18. FTSE flat

    BA plane

    The London market is becalmed at 7,248 points despite that big rise for Pearson, as well as jumps of about 5% for British Airways owner IAG and Marks & Spencer.

    Barclays is the biggest loser, down almost 2%, with InterContinental Hotels and WPP not too far behind.