London's FTSE 100 finished in the red on Monday as hopes of a Brexit deal began to fade, market sentiment also undermined by a less positive tone from the Chinese in terms of resolving the US trade war, while the more domestically focused FTSE 250 also slipped lower.
At 16.35, the FTSE 100 index was down 33.63 points, or 0.46%, at 7.213.45.
LARGE AND MID CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
Cybersecurity company Sophos jumped 36% to 577.6p after it agreed to be acquired by US private equity group Thoma Bravo for $3.82bn (£3.01bn).
Sophos shareholders were offered $7.40 cash per share, equivalent 583p based on the announcement exchange rate.
Iron-ore company Ferrexpo shed 4.1% to trade at 141.7p on noting media reports claiming that chief executive Kostyantin Zhevago was being investigated by Ukraine for his business dealings there.
Ferrexpo said Zhevago denied any allegations of wrongdoing and that it was closely monitoring the situation.
Energean Oil and Gas ticked 1.8% higher to 944p as it agreed to on-sell takeover target Edison Exploration and Production's Norwegian assets to Neptune Energy for $250m.
Emerging market asset manager Ashmore rose 3.4p to 482.4p after it reported flat net asset growth in the first quarter, as fund inflows were offset by a fall in the value of its investment portfolio.
SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS
Unloved banknote printer De La Rue improved 2.7% to 226.5p after completing the £42m sale of its International Identity Solutions business to Assa Abloy.
Fashion retailer Superdry edged 5p higher to 437.8p after announcing that co-founder Julian Dunkerton had been appointed as its permanent chief executive, having served in the role on an interim basis since April.
Dunkerton's contract had also been extended until April 2021.
Industrial chain and transmission product supplier Renold dropped 3.4% to 21.5p on guiding for a fall in first-half revenue after macroeconomic conditions weakened in the second quarter.
Fresh cream cakes retailer Cake Box fell 3% to 165p, even as it forecast a 6% rise in first-half sales.
Aviation services company John Menzies cheapened 3p to 396p as it appointed Alvaro Gomez-Reino as its new chief financial officer.
Gomez-Reino had held senior financial positions at Amey, Ferrovial and Swissport.
Logistics property investor Urban Logistics firmed 1.2% to 127p after the value of its portfolio rose 3.8% in the first half of its financial year.
Software group Scisys added 1.2% to trade at 255p on being selected by Shearwell Data to provide IT services and project management to a livestock-tracking programme.