Market Report: The FTSE 100’s worst week since early March

The final bell rang out the FTSE 100’s worst week since early March, despite turning higher in its final session.

Market Report: Portugal's suspension of Banco Espirito Santo shares sends shock waves through markets

Wall Street and London came crashing down yesterday as a tremor in Portugal’s economy brought memories of the eurozone crisis flooding back.

Market Report: Admiral releases thinly veiled profit warning

Admiral is stalling, with the car insurer releasing what amounted to a thinly veiled profit warning.

Market Report: Connect Group struggles despite sales of Panini World Cup stickers

Panini World Cup stickers have been selling like hot cakes – but they are not enough to keep an entire distribution business ticking over. Strong demand for the collectibles was the highlight of an otherwise tough trading update from distributor Connect Group, formerly Smiths News.

Market Report: Imperial Innovations’ hot streak continues

Imperial Innovations’ hot streak continued yesterday when the life science group Abzena became the fourth Imperial-backed company to float this year.

Market Report: The revival of Man Group continued as its main fund raced ahead

The turnaround at Man Group continues, with investors cheering news of strong growth in the hedge fund's flagship fund. AHL Diversified posted its best start to the year since 2008, advancing 9 per cent in the first six months of 2014.

Market Report: Blinkx sees value plummet by £140m in 24 hours

You have to pity Blinkx: the AIM-listed advertising technology company ended the day worth almost £140m less than it had been 24 hours earlier.

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

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As Warren Buffett is criticised for helping the fast food chain move to Canada, it’s clear the issue of good corporate governance in the US is not going away
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The MBA has a vital role to play in changing the face of company boardrooms
Getting a chief executive to leave with as little fuss as possible has long been a dilemma for corporate boardrooms, now data-centre operator Telecity has come up with an alternative
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Ian McCafferty, left, and Martin Weale, second left, are the ‘irrelevant minority’ of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee
Martin Weale voted for rate rises in 2011, but his predictions of rising inflation did not materialise, writes David Blanchflower
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If so, you are worryingly accurate, as the most important economic measure can only be guessed at, Ben Chu reports
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Shoppers are happy with lower prices but Tesco is mulling a dividend cut which could affect our pension funds
Supermarkets have cut prices so hard that we’re actually spending less. But what’s good for shoppers will be bad for shareholders, writes Simon Neville
Student
A report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters predicts a 17% rise in graduate job vacancies this year
Many of the students who graduated this summer are having great difficulty finding work and, as Amy Denman explains, it’s often down to not having the necessary work experience
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David Cameron is planning to revive the Communications Data Bill
His comments risk stoking the potent fear that immigrants are coming here and taking our jobs, says Ben Chu
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Howls of outrage would normally ensue, but the housebuilders have gotten away with it, says Russell Lynch
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Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board
The Federal Reserve has become a rogue hedge fund, taking massive, wildly speculative positions
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The Ummah Welfare Trust called on its supporters to boycott HSBC
Customer with Iranian links are being ditched by HSBC and others. They deny discrimination, but have hefty fines led to some banks being far too cautions? By Maria Tadeo
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'Political Ravishment - Or the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger!' from 1797 by James Gillray
Like Caesar’s wife, the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is supposed to be above suspicion. But some members of Parliament have suspicious minds, writes Ben Chu
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Detroit’s once glorious and now decrepit Michigan Theater now operates as a car park
They forgot the motor city in the years of American urban renewal, but now JP Morgan is writing a $100m cheque to kickstart Detroit. Some doubt the bank’s motives
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Gerard Lopez took the wheel at the Lotus team five years ago with his business partner Eric Lux
He has investments ranging from real estate to Charlie Chaplin. But right now Gerard Lopez has Lotus on his mind
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Mark Carney lamented ‘remarkably weak’ pay growth at last week’s Inflation Report after claiming in May it could hit 2.5 per cent this year
The unprecedented collapse in real wages under the Coalition is even greater than in the period of the Great Recession from 2008 until the Coalition took office in May 2010, writes David Blanchflower
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Business editor James Ashton shares his top stories of the week
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Edi Truell wants to emulate the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in boosting pension funds in London
What do rhinos and retirement funds have in common? The investor and deal maker Edi Truell has an interest in both, and many projects besides. Jamie Dunkley tries to keep up
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Whether King can bounce back depends on what it can pull out of the hat, but there are some worrying implications for the UK tech scene, says Toby Green
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Tidal Lagoon Power see the proposed structure as providing social space as well as producing energy
A seawall and 16 turbines in Swansea Bay could generate electricity for 120,000 homes, writes environment editor Tom Bawden
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America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

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What is the appeal of Twitch?

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How bosses are making us work harder

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Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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A dream come true for SJ Watson

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10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?