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.

Market Report: Admiral motors ahead after a 'baked potato' year

Admiral's chief executive, Henry Engelhardt, called last year a "baked potato" for the insurer but investors were keen to tuck in, sending the company straight to the top of the Footsie.

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