Market Report: Chemring jumps after bid rumours

Punters are backing Chemring for a bid. The defence and aerospace manufacturer jumped 13p to 233.25p as whispers circulated yesterday that the business could be a target. US private equity house KKR was mentioned as a potential interested party, while others said BAE Systems, up 8p at 522.5p, was looking. An offer price of 400p a share was touted.

Market Report: Have we found the bottom of the oil price dip?

It seems we may have found the bottom for oil prices.

Market Report: A very good day for finance companies

For the first time in a long while, it was a very good day for finance companies on the stock market.

Market Report: Lonmin leaps amid takeover rumours

The speculators are homing in on Lonmin. The South African platinum miner jumped 16p to 188.3p amid chatter that it could be a takeover target. The theory is that Glencore, Lonmin’s biggest shareholder, will take full control of the business, which lost 44 per cent of its value last year after a five-month strike, resolved in June. Lonmin reached a 10-week high, while Glencore inched up 1.85p to 268.85p.

Market Report: Arm Holdings tops blue-chip index

It was a case of chips with everything for traders yesterday as microchip designer Arm Holdings topped the blue-chip index.

Market Report: FTSE 100 comes close to celebrating a 15-year high

Uncertainty abounds, but you wouldn’t know by looking at the Footsie.

Market Report: Good news for oil producers

Finally, some good news for oil producers.

Market Report: Have clouds cleared for Asos?

Have the clouds cleared for Asos?

Market Report: Afren continues slow descent into the world of penny stocks

Just how long can Afren survive? The troubled oil and gas explorer, which said at the start of the week that it was in dire need of a cash injection, continued its slow descent into the world of penny stocks yesterday, falling 0.5p to 4.2p as Oriel Securities slashed its target price from 38p to 2p.

Market Report: Asos boss pockets £20m through share sales

Could Asos boss Nick Robertson be in the market for a new wardrobe? The online fashion retailer announced, after markets closed last night, that its founder and chief executive has trousered £20m through the sale of 744,600 Asos shares. Mr Robertson, who set up the business in 2000, still controls an 8.39 per cent stake. Asos, whose shares fell 20p to 2,625p, declined to comment.

Market Report: Centrica is 'the only clear winner' in the gas market

Good news for British Gas customers – your bills might not go up for two years.

Market Report: Super Mario has delivered for investors

Super Mario has delivered for investors. The European Central Bank’s blockbuster bond-buying programme, announced by its President, Mario Draghi, on Thursday, helped spur the Footsie to its best week in three years –a rise of 4.3 per cent.

Market Report: Monitise's revenue growth fails to materialise

One of the UK’s brightest technology hopefuls could be heading for an ignominious end. Mobile payment specialist and former stock market darling Monitise, which runs banking apps for RBS and HSBC, warned yesterday that the 25 per cent revenue growth the City had pencilled in for 2014 has failed to materialise, with revenue likely to be flat at £90-£100m.

Market Report: Morgan Stanley raises prospect of cash return for Man Group's shareholders

Man Group’s shareholders could be about to get a $220m (£146m) surprise, as Morgan Stanley raised the prospect of a cash return yesterday. It hiked its target price for the hedge fund and said its management fees could be as much as 30 per cent higher than the City expects, thanks to the strong performance of its flagship AHL fund. The prospect of a pay-out helped spur Man Group to a near four-and-a-half year high, up 10.6p at 172.1p.

Market Report: Speculation rife about the future of O2

Who will buy O2? With BT, up 2.6p at 414.4p, set to snaffle up EE, speculation is rife about what will happen to rival network O2. Its Spanish owner, Telefonica, is said to be keen to exit the UK and reports at the weekend suggested Three’s owner, Hutchinson Whampoa, could be interested in merging the two. Yesterday Sky and TalkTalk were added to the list of potential suitors, with the Spanish press reporting that both were in discussions with Telefonica.

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The rise in the number of whistleblowers is impressive whichever way you look at it, says James Moore
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The institution is now controlled not by a co-operative but by hedge funds, where these sort of payments are par for the course, says James Moore
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The Treasury Select Committee will today take one of its last chances before Parliament’s dissolution to bowl another bouncer at the chest of the Financial Conduct Authority. James Moore on why we must watch over our watchmen
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We’ve known for a while that Sports Direct sails close to the wind in terms of its business practices. After the performance of its chairman, James Moore says a more apt metaphor might be that it has been dancing with a hurricane
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Ben Chu has the answers
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Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
History has shown that if you propose even a modest reform to the UK’s pension market you’re guaranteed a migraine from the bellyaching, notes James Moore
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Far from relieving the pressure on trains, the 16 per cent increase in seats might not even be enough to cope with the growth in passenger numbers, says James Moore
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The story of Georgiou’s alleged fraud snugly fits the victim narrative so beloved of the country’s government, says Jim Armitage
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
Could pension providers’ loss be small businesses’ gain? David Prosser finds out
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George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
No ifs or buts, says David Blanchflower: last week’s mean-spirited heartless roller-coaster Budget was designed to smash the state and make the poor poorer.
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What a shame that Next doesn’t do more to share that success with its employees, says James Moore
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Spring breakers enjoy a pool party – but some fear that university debt will soon cripple the US economy
The cost of going to college has fuelled a $1.3trn debt bubble that some experts fear could burst just like the subprime mortgage one did. Andrew Dewson reports on how a degree may no longer be the route to an affluent lifestyle in the US
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Now that George Osborne has finished throwing his confetti of numbers down the aisle of the House of Commons in an attempt to prolong his marriage with a weary nation’s finances, James Moore asks an important question: do they add up?
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The spread-betting giant IG has admitted that it may never claw back most of the £18m lost by its clients after the Swiss scrapped their currency ceiling – and now its credit controls are under scrutiny. Russell Lynch investigates
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George Osborne will present his sixth Budget on Tuesday
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James Moore: it says a lot about the supermarket sector that Sainsbury’s reporting a 1.9 per cent fall in sales at stores open at least a year is being viewed as a good result
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Follow financial markets for long enough and you’ll realise once-in-a-lifetime events are more common than people would have you believe, says James Moore
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