Market Report: Sainsbury’s, InterContinental Hotels and United Utilities all rise on hopes of billion-pound tie-ups

It seems deal stories are like buses – you wait ages for one, then three come along at once.

Market Report: Tesco pessimist thinks investors are harsh

One of Tesco’s biggest bears has called the bottom.

Market Report: Is the Kurdish oil gamble about to pay off?

Is the gamble on the Kurdish oil industry about to pay off?

Market Report: Life is anything but Sweett

For Sweett Group life is anything but. Britain’s oldest surveyor tumbled 6.5p to 27.5p yesterday after warning that results for the year would be “materially below expectations”, which WH Ireland took to mean a cut from £4.3m to £2.9m.

Market Report: Quindell are coming out swinging

Directors of Quindell are coming out swinging.

Market Report: Is Amec beginning to regret its £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler?

The papers are all signed, but perhaps Amec is beginning to regret its £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler.

Market Report: Could private equity be interested in a bid for Majestic Wines?

It’s approaching that time of year when City boys stock up on bottles of Moet and Merlot for the Christmas break, but wine was on traders’ minds for a different reason yesterday.

Market Report: Lady luck abandons online gaming group

Bwin.Party is rolling the dice but lady luck is not on its side.

Market Report: Imagination Technologies' dream is 'turning into a nightmare'

For Imagination Technologies, the “dream is turning into a nightmare”. That’s the verdict of Numis, which sent shares in the microchip designer tumbling yesterday as it downgraded it to a sell.

Market Report: Investors optimistic over Gulf Keystone despite payment problems

Gulf Keystone Petroleum is motoring on hopes that the Kurdish-focused oil operator is about to sort out its payment problems.

Market Report: Asos rallies - but investors expect the worse

If the City is right, Asos’ troubles could be behind it. The online fashion revealed a 14 per cent fall in full-year profits last week, blighted by the strong sterling and a warehouse fire. But shares still rallied, with investors expecting worse.

Market Report: Gatwick is not the new Texas

Oil prospectors were thumped yesterday after learning that Gatwick is not the new Texas.

Market report: City cheers GSK’s recovery

The ink is barely dry on the turnaround plan at GlaxoSmithKline but the City is already cheering the drug maker’s recovery.

Market Report: The AA’s quarterly review shows insurance costs are rising

Bad news for drivers: insurance costs are rising.

Market Report: Arm Holdings goes from top dog to biggest loser

Ah, the highs and lows of the public market – Arm Holdings started the day at the top of the blue-chip index but by the close of play it was the biggest loser.

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