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The takeover potential of Howden Joinery was being sized up last night, as City scribblers suggested the kitchen supplier could be a perfect fit for Travis Perkins.

Bosses in line for billions as Glencore floats

Swiss commodities trader valued at £37bn

Derek Pain: City heavyweight joins campaign against buy backs

Buy backs rarely benefit all shareholders. I believe that companies with money to splash around should reward their investors with cash payments and not indulge in buying in their own shares. But such an attitude finds little support in the City.

Market Report: BAT soars after stubbing out racketeering charge

Following a key legal triumph in the US, British American Tobacco (BAT) was left high up the top-tier index's leaderboard last night, advancing 54.5p to 2,462p. The cigarette group made the move after investors awoke yesterday morning to news from across the Atlantic that the company had succeeded in its attempt to be removed from a racketeering ruling.

Derek Pain: Toasting a good stock performance from brewer

No Pain, No Gain

Investment Column: Informa's recovery story remains intact

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Hawkpoint hires Howard as adviser

The advisory group Hawkpoint has appointed Lord Howard, the former leader of the Conservative Party, as a special adviser. He will replace Douglas Hurd at the firm, which is owned by Collins Stewart, and "continue the trend of advisers with senior experience in the political arena", according to chairman Paul Baines.

Market Report: RBS regains ground as Irish implosion fears fade

With the blue-chip index finishing at its highest level since June 2008, Royal Bank of Scotland was just one of a number of companies celebrating following the first trading session of the new year.

Market Report: US defence cuts shoot down BAE Systems

The markets were making amends yesterday after a poor recent run, but it was not enough to prevent defence stocks struggling thanks to fears over US government spending.

Market Report: Balfour Beatty builds on US expectations

Balfour Beatty was among the major gainers as the markets limped to the end of a tough week.

Invensys downplays offer talks with CSR

Invensys was yesterday forced to clarify that it was not in offer talks after the engineer's chief executive speculated that its partner, China Southern Rail (CSR), could do a deal if the price was right.

Market Report: Pubs hope to call time on recent troubles

There was cause for cheer among pub groups yesterday, after investors were urged to make merry as analysts forecast a stable future for the troubled sector. Many of the major names saw their share prices rise in the wake of an extensive note from Execution Noble that encouraged the market to "get the pints in". In the research, the broker's analysts upgraded both Punch Taverns and Greene King to "buy", and they dutifully rose 1.05p to 68.1p and 3.6p to 446.8p, respectively.

Smith sells stake in Collins Stewart

The City veteran Terry Smith has sold his 5 per cent stake in the stockbroker Collins Stewart for £7.1m, just two weeks after announcing that he was stepping down as deputy chairman.

The Business On... Terry Smith, Deputy chairman, Collins Stewart

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