Market Report: Next still 'a great company', but at risk of a nasty bump

A blue moon was shining on the retail sector yesterday as bellwether Next was hit with a 'sell' rating.

Market Report: Tullow Oil gains amid bidding war speculation

Tullow Oil welled up yesterday amid speculation that it could soon be the target of a bidding war.

Market Report: BSkyB falls after splitting Rugby broadcasting rights deal with rival BT

BSkyB failed to dismiss lingering doubts about the health of its TV business yesterday, despite a deal with its arch-enemy, BT.

Market Report: Blogger reports rumours that Weir could add cash to its offer

It looks like Weir Group's attempt to merge with Finnish rock-crushing major Metso might not be as simple as it hoped.

Market Report: Analysts speculate Ader may push for a break up of bwin.party

Bwin.party's management came under fire from the US activist investor SpringOwl yesterday, despite the group's appointment of the former 3i chief executive Philip Yea as its new chairman.

Market Report: Just Eat fell below its float price as the tech rout hit sentiment

Mothercare slumped to a 22-month low yesterday after Cantor Fitzgerald warned the struggling mother and baby retailer is "running out of options".

Market Report: Rare solid perfomers carve out gains in a tough bear market

Investors piled into safe havens as activity in the US and Asia pulled the Footsie lower. A few solid performers in energy, gold mining and defence carved out gains in a tough bear market. British Gas-owner Centrica fared best, up 6.3p at 334.8p, while the oil and gas producer BG Group was close behind, up 5.5p at 1,141.5p.

Market Report: Perform jumps as turnaround plan 'on track'

The digital sports rights group Perform jumped up yesterday: Oliver Slipper, the chief executive, said the turnaround plan was on track.

Market Report: Sky falls - HSBC thinks the current price is too optimistic

Sky was the worst performer on the Footsie yesterday, after HSBC warned that securing Premier League rights could be more trouble than anticipated.

Market Report: New bribery inquiry is sour news for Sweett Group's investors

Sweett Group lost more than a quarter of its value yesterday, as a new inquiry into bribery claims on a $100m (£65m) hospital project in Morocco investigates "material instances of deception".

Market Report: Analysts predict FirstGroup will have been hit by bad weather

FirstGroup was last among peers yesterday. The bus and train provider updates on fourth-quarter performance today and Bank of America Merrill Lynch fears it won't make pretty reading. Analysts at the bank predict FirstGroup will have been hit by the bad weather and volatile currency movements over the last three months. They also warn that if it loses its bid for the Thameslink franchise, it may have to tap investors for cash.

Market Report: Investors fear Gulf’s fundraising will be done at junk-bond prices

Gulf Keystone Petroleum tumbled yesterday amid concerns that the oil and gas explorer is struggling to raise cash.

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.

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