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Market Report: Katherine Garrett-Cox in warning over shake-up

Having already seen off two investor revolts during her time as Alliance Trust’s chief executive, Katherine Garrett-Cox was forced to defend herself again yesterday by warning that the latest boardroom shake-up being planned by its largest shareholder “threatens the very existence of the company”.

Great start for our top share tips

The Indy's annual top 10 of stocks to pick have shown a 33 per cent return so far. James Moore, chief tipster, reflects on the gambles that seem to be paying off

Small Talk: Madagascar Oilgets set to bring its island story to AIM

If there is one thing that AIM market investors don't lack, it's options in the oil industry. The growth index boasts a variety of opportunities to put money in the black stuff. And this week, it will witness the debut of another, this one offering exposure to resources in the island nation of Madagascar.

The Week Ahead: Sir Stelios's shadow is still hanging over easyJet

It was easyJet's 15th birthday last week, but when the budget airline releases its final results tomorrow, it will be its chief executive Carolyn McCall's plans for the future that investors will be focusing on. Ms McCall, who joined the company in July from Guardian Media Group, is set to outline the outcome of her strategic review.

Small Talk: Mobile marketing specialist planning £12m float on

More and more of us are using our phones to log on to the internet. Businesses, unsurprisingly, are keen to profit from this trend and one way is to market goods and services via handhelds. To be sure, traditional media – TV, radio, newspapers – continues to command the lion's share of global advertising and marketing budgets, but companies are quickly waking up to the benefits of pushing their wares through phones and other mobile devices.

Small Talk: Smallcap oil and gas explorers scoop North Sea licences

It has been a busy week for small-cap oil exploration and production (E&P) companies with an interest in the North Sea. The Government's 26th offshore licensing round – postponed from early 2009 on account of the financial crisis – finally concluded. And out of 2,818 possible blocks on offer, a thoroughly healthy 114 licences covering 268 blocks have been awarded, with another 90 still undergoing environmental assessment which may yet turn into licences.

The Week Ahead: ARM's prospects linked to sales growth at Apple

Shares in the chip-maker ARM Holdings have been much in demand in recent weeks after rumours of a potential takeover resurfaced. That chat, along with a good contract win with Samsung, almost sent the Cambridge-based company's shares to an eight-year high in September.

Market Report: BG Group flares higher amid takeover chat

The old rumour mill was grinding yesterday, with further gossip driving up the shares in BG Group. The gas explorer had already risen more than 3 per cent last Wednesday following talk that China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) could come in with a £14 per share bid.