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ORIEL ROSE 9.5p to 102p as Oman National Holding Co said it was in talks to buy the insurance broker. The market talk is that an offer of around 125p will appear. Oriel has been in takeover talks on and off in recent times. At one time Aon, the US giant, was near to completing a deal.

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