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EasyJet shares plummeted after the budget airline warned that the timing of Easter would have an impact on its first-half results.

Small Talk: Spin-offs may offer silver lining in sad saga of Pfizer site

The pharmaceutical sector suffered a blow this week when the US drug maker Pfizer announced the closure of its research and development site at Sandwich in Kent, putting around 2,400 jobs at risk.

Analysts predict fall in revenue for BG Group

Oil and gas business BG Group will report its fourth quarter results on Tuesday. Broker Charles Stanley is predicting its net income will dip to $950m from $967m the year before.

Found vast acres of gas? Don't tell the markets

Some people are never satisfied, or so managers of Heritage Oil might feel after announcing a $2.7bn (£1.7bn) gas find yesterday – only to watch the firm's stock plummet nearly 30 per cent.

Emerging markets will make waves in medical innovation

The march of the emerging markets, particularly China, India and Brazil, is clearly evident in the heady rates of GDP growth, something which this column has touched upon before. But their growing strength in hi-tech fields such as medicine is less obvious. Stereotypes – China as the world's factory, for instance, and India as its call centre – cloud the picture.

Investment Column: Fast-growing SJP is being undervalued

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Market Report: Gloomy outlook for 2011 sees supermarkets fall

Anxiety over what 2011 will bring for the supermarkets weighed on the sector yesterday, with Morrisons taking the biggest hit after Morgan Stanley said it was "becoming increasingly concerned about [its] prospects".

Small Talk: Great Eastern Energy taps into India's growth

The Indian economy is growing fast. Last year's expansion is seen at about 8.4 per cent, and this year analysts are eying a similar performance of about 8.6 per cent. Goldman Sachs expects the country to notch up 8.7 per cent growth this year before cooling a little in 2012, when it sees 8.3 per cent growth in India's gross domestic product.

The Week Ahead: Tesco looks overseas for third-quarter sales boost

It may be the UK's biggest super-market chain, but when Tesco releases its third-quarter sales update tomorrow, it is the international figures that are expected to contain most of the good news.

New Sage boss shakes up management

The new chief executive of the blue-chip IT group Sage has made his mark on the company with a top-level shake-up just two months into the job.

Market Report: Appetite for acquisitions sends Compass higher

It was a busy day for Compass yesterday on the acquisitions front, as the catering company confirmed one deal while rumours flew that it was on the trail of another.

Market Report: JJB up as rumours over Footlocker bid return

Market gossips turned their attention back towards JJB Sports, as rumours swirled that the troubled sports retailer could be the target of a takeover bid. Not for the first time, the company at the centre of speculation was Footlocker, with the US trainer chain supposedly looking to make a bid of between 10p and 12p a share. Chatter about it and JJB has been around for a while, with rumours in June that it was considering making an offer of 30p, and it also re-emerged last month.

Echelon clients bring lawsuit against IG

IG Group, the spread betting company, has been slapped with a €25m (£21m) lawsuit over the collapse of a Scottish wealth manager two years ago.

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