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The City stockbroker Northland Capital Partners has been thrown into turmoil by the departure of its UK chairman and managing director.

Market Report: Michael Page advances on recovery hopes

Michael Page International was in focus last night amid hopes that forecasts would rise as the recovery resuscitates the job market, bearing dividends for staffing companies.

National Express gets 90 per cent backing for rights issue

National Express secured overwhelming support for its £360m rights issue as the Cosmen family backed the move despite public opposition to the strategy, paving the way for a much-needed restructuring of the group.

Derek Pain: Portfolio mourns for Pubs'n'Bars' last orders

No Pain, No Gain

Investment Column: Plenty of fizz left in Greene King's shares

Bango; Silverdell

Is Britain's poker boom folding?

Research from Mintel suggests a sharp slowdown but poker companies are not yet ready to bust out, reports James Moore

Transport merger plan 'dismissed too quickly'

Struggling transport group National Express was slammed by its biggest shareholder today after it ended merger talks with rival Stagecoach.

Stagecoach prepares rail bid

Stagecoach is putting the final touches to bank financing ready to launch a takeover bid for National Express, the troubled rail franchise which owns the lucrative East Anglian lines.

Galleon founder had planned UK meetings

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund boss arrested in the US on insider dealing charges, was picked up by the authorities as he prepared for a trip to see a number of British companies, it emerged yesterday.

Market Report: APS-free Lloyds is a winner, says broker

Lloyds Banking Group stood firm last night, as investors bought in after a broker outlined a way ahead without the Government's asset protection scheme (APS).

KBC looking to sell Peel Hunt at knockdown price

KBC, the troubled Belgian bank, has put its London brokerage and corporate finance house, KBC Peel Hunt, up for sale with the bank likely to suffer a huge loss on its investment.

Market Report: BofA backs retail therapy to beat gloom

So it was the second day after the end of the summer holidays, and traders were struggling to shake off the back-to-work blues. Bank of America-Merrill Lynch yesterday recommended a bit of retail therapy.

Investment Column: Hold on for a copper stock's bumpy ride

Tullow Oil; Paddy Power

Market Report: Bullish broker helps Rexam stand firm

Rexam overcame a weak market trend last night, firming up after a leading broker weighed in with some words of support. Credit Suisse said the consumer packaging company's stock stood to make gains as the economy strengthened, and switched its stance to "outperform" with a revised target price of 300p, up from 278p previously. The broker added Rexam, whose share price closed 6.4p higher at 231.5p, to its European Focus List, saying the shares were not only trading on attractive multiples but also offered limited downside risk.

BT pension deficit soars to £5.8bn as profits fall

Better-than-expected results for first-quarter fuel 13% rise in share price
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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