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Market Report: Takeover scenario helps BSkyB recover from fall

What could the future hold for BSkyB if News Corp is forced to sell down its stake? That was the poser being mulled over in the Square Mile yesterday following a step-up in pressure on the Murdochs' control of the satellite broadcaster.

Market Report: Vedanta tops the Footsie after talk of unit merger

The simple way in life can often be the best. That was certainly what Vedanta Resources found yesterday, with the miner ending up at the Footsie's summit after a promise to tackle its complicated structure amid chatter that two of its units could be about to merge.

Lafarge-Tarmac merger in doubt

Plans for a £3bn merger of cement-maker Lafarge with Anglo American's building materials group Tarmac were up in the air yesterday, after the Competition Commission warned it had a "number of concerns" about the deal.

New brokers hired to clean up G4S mess

Security giant G4S is understood to have hired JP Morgan and Citi as its new brokers in the wake of the FTSE 100 group's failure to buy Danish cleaner ISS.

SFA announce investigation into Rangers situation

The Scottish Football Association have confirmed they will conduct a full independent inquiry into the activities of Rangers.

Market report: Takeover talk ratchets up shares and excitement

There is nothing like bid talk to get the Square Mile excited, and there was plenty to whet the appetite yesterday. The news that Vodafone is eyeing up Cable & Wireless Worldwide was not the only prospective deal on investors' minds amid claims that companies are eager to start splashing the cash.

Takeover by Vodafone could end the misery for CWW

Troubled telecoms supplier's shares leap as mobile giant admits possible bid

Phoenix talks with CVC collapse

Takeover talks between the insurance company Phoenix and the private equity house CVC that have been rumbling on since November collapsed yesterday.

Mining merger criticised by leading investor

One of the City's leading institutional shareholders last night turned up the heat on the mining giants Glencore and Xstrata by voicing fresh concerns over the pair's $90bn (£57bn) merger.

Doughty: the death of a progressive face for private equity

Business is the poorer for the passing of the Doughty Hanson boss, says Ben Chu

Another day and another deal in the pipeline

The big deal wagon rolled on again in the City yesterday as IT giant Misys said it was in talks over a £2bn merger deal.

Mining merger signals return of the megadeal

The London-listed mining behemoths Xstrata and Glencore are to stage a £50bn merger, raising hopes that the market for corporate megadeals could at last be recovering.

Return of the megadeal as miners forge £50bn merger

The London-listed mining behemoths Xstrata and Glencore are to stage a £50bn merger in a move that raised hopes the market for big corporate megadeals could at last be recovering.

Return of the megadeal as miners forge £50bn merger

The London-listed mining behemoths Xstrata and Glencore are to stage a £50bn merger in a move that raised hopes the market for big corporate megadeals could at last be recovering.

Market Report: 'Glenstrata' deal has some worried about missing out

The heavyweight miners may have been largely buoyed by the possibility of a wave of consolidation across the sector yesterday, but not everyone was cheered by the prospect. After years of speculation, the news that "Glenstrata" looks set to become a reality sparked fears over who will be left out in the cold by the deal.

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