Market Report: Taking Stock

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rOmnicare, specialising in home healthcare, rose 10p to 127.5 as a 15.8 per cent stake changed hands. Apria Healthcare, a US group where Timothy Aitken was president until 15 months ago, sold on to a major shareholder of Transworld Home Healthcare, a Nasdaq company. Mr Aitken, chairman of Omnicare, has become chairman and chief executive of Transworld. He says Transworld will be able to provide significance resources to Omnicare.

rArcon International, formerly Conroy, rose 5.5p to 44p, a 12 month high, as hopes grew about developments at its Galmoy lead and zinc mine.

rThere has been active trading in Burtonwood Brewery this week with vague stories of stake building. The shares are 181.5p.