Market Report: Troubled outsourcer Serco faces further difficulties

Things aren’t getting any easier for Serco.

Market Report: A good day for industry as Johnson Matthey posts 2 per cent rise

It was a good day for industry as the catalytic converter specialist Johnson Matthey climbed 189p to 3,341p as it posted a 2 per cent rise in underlying pre-tax profit even though revenue fell by 25 per cent. Meanwhile, the engineer Babcock International surged 66p to 1,184p thanks to a 24 per cent jump in first-half revenues, with much of that down to the recent £1.6bn acquisition of the helicopter company Avincis. It has also been named preferred bidder for the soon-to-be privatised Ministry of Defence agency that maintains the Army’s tanks.

Market Report: Pubs go in to freefall

Britain’s biggest pub companies are crying into their pints.

Market Report: Oil prices shot - but it won't last forever

Oil prices are shot but don’t assume it will last forever.

Market Report: What about the galaxy surrounding the oil industry?

Investors have been quick to sell out of oil businesses as prices fall, but what about the galaxy surrounding the industry?

Market Report: Spaniards are swooping for Salamander Energy

The Spaniards are swooping for Salamander Energy – will they succeed?

Market Report: Speculators tip Qataris to make a tilt at Quintain

The latest gossip? The Qataris are off to Wembley.

Market Report: Potential sale of Bwin.Party sees jump for online gaming group

Are we be about to see a bidding war for Bwin.Party?

Market Report: Sainsbury’s, InterContinental Hotels and United Utilities all rise on hopes of billion-pound tie-ups

It seems deal stories are like buses – you wait ages for one, then three come along at once.

Market Report: Tesco pessimist thinks investors are harsh

One of Tesco’s biggest bears has called the bottom.

Market Report: Is the Kurdish oil gamble about to pay off?

Is the gamble on the Kurdish oil industry about to pay off?

Market Report: Life is anything but Sweett

For Sweett Group life is anything but. Britain’s oldest surveyor tumbled 6.5p to 27.5p yesterday after warning that results for the year would be “materially below expectations”, which WH Ireland took to mean a cut from £4.3m to £2.9m.

Market Report: Quindell are coming out swinging

Directors of Quindell are coming out swinging.

Market Report: Is Amec beginning to regret its £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler?

The papers are all signed, but perhaps Amec is beginning to regret its £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler.

Market Report: Could private equity be interested in a bid for Majestic Wines?

It’s approaching that time of year when City boys stock up on bottles of Moet and Merlot for the Christmas break, but wine was on traders’ minds for a different reason yesterday.

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