Market Report: Hopes the collapse of Pfizer's takeover bid would leave AstraZeneca open to a counter-offer are wide of the mark

Speculators hoping AstraZeneca might still be in play after Pfizer's abortive bid might want to reconsider.

Market Report: Investors in AO World are betting on wildly optimistic prospects

Shore Capital threw a spanner in the works for AO World, claiming that the online washing machine to TV retailer is “priced beyond perfection”.

Market Report: Rolls-Royce revs up after reports of Airbus deal

Rolls-Royce shifted gear as investors bought into reports that the engine-maker is poised for a slice of a billion dollar deal.

Market Report: Gulf Keystone Petroleum soars as key departures leave it vulnerable to takeover bid

Gulf Keystone Petroleum roared higher yesterday amid rumours that the exit of the chairman and founder Todd Kozel could leave the Kurdistan-focused oil and gas explorer vulnerable to a takeover bid.

Market Report: Court ruling boosts Shire's hand in fight with AbbVie

Investors are betting that a juicier bid for Shire could be in the works, after the pharmaceutical company won a key patent ruling in the US.

Market Report: Traders bet on bigger bid for Shire from AbbVie

Investors are betting that a juicier bid for Shire could in the works, after the pharmaceutical company won a key patent ruling in the US.

Market Report: Imagination Technologies bounds to the top of the mid-cap FTSE 250 index

Rising revenues at Imagination Technologies helped the microchip supplier bound to the top of the mid-cap FTSE 250 index yesterday, despite Credit Suisse warning of troubles down the road.

Market Report: Investors bet on BG Group break-up

Now management plans to stave off any unwanted attention by ‘actively managing its asset portfolio and delivering value to shareholders

Market Report: Diageo set to raise its stake in India’s United Spirits

Takeover talk breathed life into the FTSE 100 yesterday as traders predicted that London’s leading benchmark index could break through the 6,900-point barrier over the next few days.

Market Report: Man Group finally starting to reap the benefits of Manny Roman's recovery programme

It’s been more than a year since Manny Roman took over Man Group and the hedge fund is finally starting to reap the benefits of his recovery programme. 

Market Report: Sports Direct snaps up a 4.8 per cent stake in Mysale.com

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct stepped in to help out his old friend Sir Philip Green yesterday by snapping up a 4.8 per cent stake in Mysale.com.

Market Report: Investors back Shire deal

Punters in the City were hoping the drugs do work as they piled into pharmaceutical giant Shire on rumours it was a takeover target.

Market Report: Footsie falls to lowest close since April

A sea of red in the property sector pushed the Footsie to its lowest close since April.

Market Report: Retailers fought back as investors bought into B&M and Boohoo

Britain's retailers came out fighting yesterday. The former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy made a successful return to the stock market with the float of the discount chain B&M Retail. Despite fears of waning appetite for new listings, the Woolworths-like retailer, which Sir Terry chairs, climbed 15p to 285p on its debut.

Market Report: Quindell falls to eight-month low

Insurance claims outsourcer Quindell fell to an eight-month low and saw almost £200m wiped off its value yesterday, after plans for a Premium Listing collapsed.

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