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.

Market Report: Falling commodity prices leave investors out of pocket

Falling commodity prices may be great when it comes to filling up the car with petrol, but if you’re a stock market investor then they can leave you seriously out of pocket.

Market Report: Seplat approaches Afren about a possible merger

The City is getting excited about Afren. The bombed-out oil and gas explorer – which has struggled through a boardroom scandal and falling oil prices over the past year – revealed last month that it had received a “highly preliminary” approach from Nigeria’s Seplat about a possible merger.

Market Report: Standard Chartered falls to six-year low

Things aren’t getting any better for Standard Chartered.

Market Report: Troubled outlook for Kaz Minerals

Kazakhmys thought it had put its troubles behind it.

Market Report: General election is already making an impact on the Footsie

It looks as though it’s going to be a rocky few months for the City – we’re only two weeks into January, but already the upcoming general election is making an impact on the Footsie.

Market Report: A safe bet looks shaky

One of last year’s safest bets is starting to look shaky.

Market Report: Trouble in the skies?

What’s going on with Aer Lingus and British Airways-owner IAG?

Market Report: The City has technology on its mind

With the world’s biggest gadget show, CES, in full swing in Las Vegas, it’s perhaps no surprise that City scribblers have technology on their minds.

Market Report: City skittish over retailers' Christmas performance

The collapse of high street fashion chain Bank has left the City skittish over how other shops have fared over the festive period.

Market Report: The FTSE-100 suffers a painful start to the New Year

It was one of those days when the hangover wasn’t justified by the party.

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