Ward shares plummeted by almost a quarter to close at 53.5p after the company said no offer was sufficiently attractive to accept. Rumours of a rethink were doing the rounds last night.
Netica, the electronic publisher, which started trading on Ofex on Tuesday, is attracting a stream of buyers. It opened at 80p, but soared yesterday to 124.5p after 120,750 shares were traded. The company, which has a contract with Microsoft's online product, Microsoft Network, specialises in Internet and intranet- based information services.