Market Report: China plan to build superhighway to Pakistan gives Footsie a fillip

China provided a fillip to the Footsie yesterday, with news of the plan to build a £30bn superhighway to Pakistan; it also unveiled measures to stimulate its economy, boosting mining stocks on London’s FTSE 100, which closed up 57.5 points at 7,052.13.

Market Report: Pearson's falls short of expectations

Pearson’s “next big thing” is already falling short of expectations.

Market Report: So Gatwick might not be the new Dallas after all

Re-cork the champagne – it turns out Gatwick might not be the new Dallas after all.

Market Report: Citi takes expansive look at the oil industry

Much of the City decamped to the wine bars and pubs of the Square Mile to enjoy the first hints of summer, but those who were left at their desks tanked up on oil on Citi’s recommendation.

Market report: Shell offer for BG Group good deal for shareholders, says Investec

Shell’s £47bn offer for BG Group may be heaven-sent for corporate advisers such as Goldman Sachs and Robey Warshaw, but what about the army of shareholders who actually own the takeover target? 

Market Report: Investors have a spring in their step

Investors have a spring in their step, propelling markets across the world to fresh highs – the FTSE 100 included.

Market Report: Aberdeen Asset Management soars to top of the Footsie

The great pensions unlocking bonanza has begun and investors are keen to get a slice.

Market Report: Arm Holdings leaps after rumours of Apple takeover

You wait ages for some takeover rumours and then they all come along at once.

Market Report: City talks up prospects of fresh Glencore-Rio Tinto merger talks

When are Glencore and Rio Tinto going to merge? Talks between the two came to nothing last October, kickstarting a six-month cooling-off period that ended yesterday.

Market Report: Car companies take an uphill journey

Traders were revving their engines yesterday as two car companies came to market.

Market Report: Morgan Stanley claim Mike Ashley's propensity to wade into sticky situations knocks 20% off Sports Direct's value

Without Mike Ashley there’d be no Sports Direct – but just how much does he cost the company? Morgan Stanley thinks it has the answer.

Market Report: Footsie enjoys its best quarter in two years - but you wouldn't know it

The Footsie has just had its best quarter in two years, but you wouldn’t know it from looking.

Market Report: High-techs surge on hopes of a rush of deals

Technology and internet businesses are some of the most volatile around, and yesterday high-tech companies surged upwards on hopes of a rush of deals in the sector.

The market reflects the fact the holidays are just around the corner

Market Report: Traders already have holidays on their minds

Easter is still a week away but traders already have holidays on their minds.

Market Report: Only three companies enjoying gains on bad day for FTSE

And to think, just days ago we were breaking records.

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Audioboom, which now hosts a weekly XFM radio podcast by Russell Brand (right, with the co-host Matt Morgan), started life as a fund offering finance to builders, then tried turning waste products into energy
A small AIM-listed mining company that has sold all its assets is a perfect vehicle for shell investors, as Jamie Nimmo explains
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Zero-hours contracts do not guarantee a minimum number of hours
James Moore, Outlook:The trouble is, the contracts almost always seem to work best for the employer.
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James Moore, Outlook: It’s delicious. UBS, a controversial bank that has had a great deal of trouble with managing its money, has hired Annie Leibovitz, a controversial celebrity photographer
Voices
Stock prices in China: Economic power has shifted east, and emerging market equities can bring rewards - and risk
Ben Chu, Economic View: The key here is not to sell with the herd when markets drop sharply but to ride it out.

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Candidates are facing tougher and weirder questions than ever in job interviews
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Power and the glory? An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C, which it is envisaged will start generating in 2026 and account for 7 per cent of British consumption
Environmentalists are far from alone in opposing an 'expensive mistake'
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Sir Mike Rake
James Moore, Outlook: Pick a flotation candidate – any candidate – and you will find directors and owners having second thoughts.
News
Dave Lewis built a formidable reputation at Unilever, but some were concerned by his lack of retail experience
Alex Lawson looks at the changes Dave Lewis has made
News
Women and men stand in an office
Two economists have come up with a formula to quantify the gender gap
News
An investor reads a newspaper in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, China. China's major stock indexes sank more than 6 percent in early trade on Tuesday, after a catastrophic Monday that saw Chinese exchanges suffer their biggest losses since the global financial crisis, destabilising financial markets around the world.
Satyajit Das, Das Capital: The ‘Chinese dream’ risks turning into a nightmare for its investors and its leaders.

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Paddy Power is well-known for eye-catching promotional stunts, such as this balloon at the Cheltenham Festival
Outlook: It isn’t hard to see Paddy Power and Betfair's investors are excited
News
A view through smog over the 02 Arena and the Canary Wharf financial district in London. The BBC weather centre predicts a potential 8 or 9 out of 10 level of air pollution likely to be found in East Anglia and the East Midlands
James Moore:

“Sell in May go away, buy again on St Leger Day” runs the old City saying. 

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Stonewall, which marches at London Pride, is working with firms in the professions to promote equality
Jo Bourke investigates 'prevalent' homophobic attitudes in the construction and property sectors
News
Spokespeople for the companies involved, including BHP Billiton, stressed their political neutrality
James Moore, Outlook:

The sort of name recognition enjoyed by the likes of Tesco or Barclays is not something BHP Billiton is ever going to achieve.

News
The Chinese stock market has faced its own 'Black Monday'
James Moore, Outlook:This is what happens when humans are replaced by computers.
News
Everything you need to know about the global stock market meltdown and what it means
News
Rupert Scofield, founder of microfinance institution Finca, shows Matthew Glynn how it has changed lives
News
Laura Wade-Gery, the M&S executive in charge of the company's 870 UK stores and website, is going on maternity leave, the retailer announced today
James Ashton, My Week After her moment on the front pages, Laura Wade-Gery should be left to get on with it
News
Online gambling operator 888.com is a client of XL Media, which specialises in driving internet users to its site
Jim Armitage, Outlook: The takeover battle for the Bwin.party online gambling company has had more twists than an all-night blackjack session.
Voices
A file photograph showing a HSBC corporate logo outside a branch of the bank in central London, England, 09 February 2015
Ben Chu, Voices : Aristotle was not a fan of interest rates but the father of Western philosophy nevertheless might have been at home in modern Britain.
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