Market Report: Quindell investors set pulses racing

There’s never a dull day with Quindell but yesterday it was investors’ antics that set pulses racing. A sale of 21 million shares in the outsourcing specialist sent a flurry of excitement through the market in the afternoon, and led many to speculate that Toscafund was behind the trade. The hedge fund sold 2.2 million Quindell shares earlier in the week, so it wouldn’t have been out of the blue for Tosca to dump its stake. But a market source noted that the firm often trades shares between its funds and so may simply have been shuffling the deck rather than ditching it altogether. Quindell’s stock dipped by 3.75p to 67p.

Market Report: Tullow Oil suffers fall and scraps its dividend

Another dark day for oil – Tullow Oil tumbled by more than 7 per cent yesterday after falling to its first loss in 15 years and scrapping its dividend.

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.

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