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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.

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Investment Column: Sportingbet is a gamble after Italian fiasco

Galiform; Sinclair Pharma

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WM Morrison Supermarkets was in focus last night, thanks to Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, which issued a "buy" note, highlighting the potential for improvements in the group's margins.

The Week Ahead: Housebuilders' updates reveal little

Is a housing market recovery in the offing? Or does the slump still have some way to go? The answer to questions such as these will set the tone when Persimmon, Redrow, Barratt Developments and Bovis Homes issue trading updates this week. Their fellow housebuilder Taylor Wimpey boosted the optimists last month, talking of "continued stability" in the market in its pre-close update. Recent data on mortgage approvals and last week's house price report from the Nationwide have added to hopes of a recovery, or at least a moderation in the pace of decline.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs returns to work

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is back at work following a near 6-month medical leave, although he will work at least initially from home for a few days a week, the company said on Monday.

Market Report: Logica advances as broker turns positive

Logica bucked a weak market trend last night, rising by almost 5 per cent after a leading broker weighed in with some words of support.

Investment Column: Feeling lucky? Have a punt on JJB Sports

Shanks Group; Western & Oriental

iPhone rival Palm Pre US release date announced

Sprint Nextel plans to start selling Palm's much anticipated new smart phone, the Pre, on June 6 for $200.

HSBC cautious on future as fears over bad loans linger

Record performance at investment banking unit boosts first-quarter results

Surge in bad loans leaves Lloyds facing full-year loss

Lloyds Banking Group yesterday predicted that its bad debts would rise by half in 2009 as the financial crisis rumbled on, and confirmed it is likely to make a full-year loss.

Market Report: Trinity strengthens on Citi double upgrade

A double upgrade from Citigroup boosted the newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror, which advanced by almost 10 per cent yesterday.

Barclays in exclusive talks to sell iShares to CVC for £3bn

Barclays is hoping to secure a sale of part of its iShares exchange-traded fund unit to the London-based buyout firm CVC by the end of this week for about £3bn, as it shores up its capital reserves after yesterday rejecting the government scheme to insure toxic debt.

Barclays races to seal iShares deal ahead of APS deadline

Shares surge on deal hopes and upbeat statement

The Week Ahead: Panmure excited by Aegis break-up talk

Aegis is due to post full-year results this week and, despite the market's preoccupation with the slowdown in advertising, the focus is likely to be on possible plans to break up the business. Panmure Gordon, whose estimates assume a 10 per cent year-on-year decline in earnings per share for 2009, said the sale of Synovate, the advertising and marketing group's market research business, is "a clear possibility" as interim chief executive John Napier settles into his role.

Market update - 11 March

The FTSE 100 was 15.3 points behind at 3699.9 while the FTSE 250 gained 38 points to 5992.8 at 11:58 am this morning.

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