Market Report: Investec upgrades artificial hip specialist Smith & Nephew

Investec is calling for the break-up of the artificial hip specialist Smith & Nephew.

Market Report: Rupert Murdoch’s promotion of sons has reignited speculation about a bid for Sky

BSkyB moved higher in a subdued market yesterday, amid renewed speculation that it could be a bid target.

Market Report: UBS calls time on ITV's rally

UBS has called time on ITV's stellar rally. Shares in the broadcaster have increased 272 per cent since Adam Crozier became chief executive in 2010, outperforming the blue-chip index by an incredible 250 per cent.

Market Report: The bookie was dealt a blow by the tax-grab on fixed-odds terminals

Bookmaker Ladbrokes could soon be the target of a takeover bid, if market chatter is to be believed.

Market Report: The Footsie had the weight of the world on its shoulders

The Russian oligarch Alexei Khotin has ended up with more control of the oil exploration firm Exillon Energy. The chairman, chief executive and three independent directors all quit on Friday after boss Mark Martin told the board “he was no longer able to exercise practical control over the company… without the support of the newly appointed directors who are nominees of the RusOil Group”.

Market Report: InterContinental Hotel shareholders 'set for major windfall'

InterContinental Hotel shareholders could be set for a major windfall this year. The hotel group jumped to the top of the index after an upgrade from the boutique investment bank Bryan, Garnier yesterday.

Market Report: Barclays warned that the Budget could kill annuities market

The £12bn annuities market could be at risk of extinction, Barclays warned yesterday.

Market Report: With a 50 per cent cut in bingo hall tax, the Chancellor has shown he is a fan

Commentators were touting Budget bingo ahead of George Osborne's speech yesterday and it turns out the Chancellor is a fan of the pastime himself.

Market Report: Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons labelled an 'unholy trinity'

Shore Capital slapped a sell rating on Tesco for the first time since 1996 yesterday, a sign of just how bad things are for supermarkets.

Market Report: Reprieve for struggling pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond

Albemarle & Bond was granted a brief reprieve yesterday as soaring gold prices and deal rumours helped the struggling pawnbroker book its biggest gains in more than a month.

Market Report: Centrica has been 'vindicated' in shifting its focus away from Britain

Labour's business credentials were dealt a blow in a note on the European energy market from HSBC yesterday. The bank said the decision of Centrica, British Gas's owner, to invest in the US rather than the UK has been "vindicated" by Ed Miliband's pledge last year to freeze energy prices if elected. Analysts said its shift "to higher-producing areas such as Norway and the US and away from the UK" justified its overweight rating, helping the company up 6.9p to 334.8p.

Market Report: Barclays analysts were cautiously impressed with RSA's Stephen Hester

RSA has been doing the rounds with investors after last month's "disappointing" set of results and Barclays are cautiously impressed.

Market Report: Morrisons expected to launch turnaround strategy

Short sellers are predicting bad news from Wm Morrison's preliminary results tomorrow.

Market Report: Vodafone in new move to buy Spanish cable operator Ono

Vodafone has made a second swoop for the Spanish cable operator Ono and it looks like it’s been successful.

Market Report: Rumours of the Ruia family returning to the table lifts Essar Energy

The Ruia family's failed attempt to take Essar Energy private last month raised eyebrows in the City but it looks like they could be gearing up for another run at it.

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Politicians don't trust Network Rail, are fed up with late trains and don't think UK suppliers get a fair shout, says Mark Leftly
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A worker arranges pasta at a factory in Allahabad. India’s finance minister said he hoped that growth would soon reach 7 or 8 per cent
A budget targeting growth and reducing the deficit has been praised, but will it be enough to help the country regain its economic footing?, Andrew Buncombe in Dehli
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Can you mix business with pleasure? Matt Gingell explores
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The central banks have printed shed-loads of money and it has to go somewhere, but the 'fear index' is creeping up, writes Hamish McRae
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Bailey has little experience of actually running a company - and there is a world of difference between being a “chief creative officer” and a chief executive- no doubt shareholders are unhappy
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Andrew Miller’s £1.4m bonus reflected the sale of Auto Trader
As the owner of The Guardian overcomes the decline of print with strong digital revenues, its chief executive tells Gideon Spanier how it is adapting to the new age of publishing
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The oil giant was overtaken by Wal-Mart as the world's biggest revenue earner, as Mark McSherry reports, 27 other UK firms made it to the Fortune Global 500 list of biggest companies
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Never mind the lack of dialogue and pointless explosions. You'd be a fool to underestimate Michael Bay, because if there's one thing he knows, it's how to make money by heading east, says Maria Tadeo
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Models present creations for fashion house Gucci as part of the spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collections
The US has a taste for European luxury goods, as Francois Henri Pinault tells Laura Chesters, and labels like Mulberry and Burberry are betting their shirts on it
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Team Tinkoff Saxo during a training session in Leeds ahead of Saturday’s start of the Tour de France
Inspired by the Olympic and road-race success, Britain has fallen in love with cycling. Retailers and sponsors are forming their own peloton, but Jamie Dunkley asks: will the phenomenon ride and ride?
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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
Earnings are 8% lower than before the financial crisis. This is an odd definition of ‘normal’, says Ben Chu
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Some payday lender customers rack up debts with several firms
Consumer credit is certainly not disappearing any time soon- surely that makes it more vital than ever that senior people involved are questioned rigorously in public
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Out in the big wide world Mothercare is doing well, but the UK operation has significant problems
Britain's new parents may shop elsewhere these days, but the nation's biggest babywear retailer is not desperate enough to accept a tax-dubious US bid, writes Simon Neville
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GlaxoSmithKline Chinese headquarters

As a sex video smears the pharmaceutical giant's China boss, Jim Armitage reports on how its private investigator voiced concerns about new secrecy rules weeks before his arrest.

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Benjamin Lawsky

Benjamin Lawsky has worked hard to earn his moniker, the man who makes the banks tremble, writes Jim Armitage

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US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels
Business editor James Ashton shares his top stories of the week
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Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal for Argentina
Argentina due to make its next interest repayment on bonds as default looms large
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David Higgins, at the HS2 offices in Victoria, has a track record on delivering expensive, controversial projects
The chairman of HS2 wants to speed up its arrival in the North and tells Chris Blackhurst the public will get on board
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An effigy of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is held up by National Association of Probation Officers protestors outside the Houses of Parliament
Despite an overall cost of £8bn to reorganise the probation service, Mark Leftly reveals that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is determined to ignore the critics and push ahead with his plans
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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

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