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Market Report: British Energy lit up by bid rumours and upgrade

A broker upgrade and bid rumours boosted British Energy, which rose while the FTSE 100, spooked by risking inflation, falling retail sales and the spectre of yet more turmoil in the US financial system, sunk deeper into bear market territory yesterday,

No Pain, No Gain: Thank goodness for the miners and oil producers

Despite some disastrous investments – principally the Food & Drink Group and Lennox – the No Pain, No Gain portfolio has displayed rather more aplomb than I had realised.

The Week Ahead: The tension is electric ahead of HRG's results

The slowing economy and the scourge of the credit crunch have made investors increasingly nervous. And beyond the banks, the alarm bells are ringing loudest in the retail sector: leading stocks have taken a hit as a series of profit warnings have made the market wary of the slightest ease-up in trading. So, this Wednesday, when the Argos and Homebase-owner Home Retail Group unveils its full-year results, investors will be on the alert for any clues about the health of the high street.

Rentokil wins City backing despite third profits alert

Rentokil has issued its third profits warning in five months, alerting investors that its troubled City Link parcel business would incur "a significant full-year loss".

No Pain, No Gain: Never go back, they say. But Mears looks tempting

Mears, the support services group, was an early constituent of the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. It alighted on the shares at 23p, selling at 71.5p. At the time, I was delighted with the profit. However, my joy was short-lived – the shares subsequently romped ahead, hitting a peak of 380p.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Bankers are desperate for more funding. So why are they paying bumper dividends?

Institutions must act on stock lending; Rentokil pays high price for dream team

Trio's £94m incentive to lift Rentokil back into the rat race

Former ICI team McAdam, Brown and Ransom appointed; Long tours City to ensure support

Catch us a strong leader, Rentokil investors insist

Shareholders demand that board appoints a full-time executive chairman who can turn the business services company around

No Pain, No Gain: Much pain, few gains after relentless hammering

It's been a bruising few months for the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. Profits have again been whittled away as the onslaught on the stock-market undercard has continued.

Market Report: Drax powered up by Centrica bid rumours

There was bid talk in the utilities sector yesterday. The British Gas owner Centrica was said to be on the hunt, while the electricity company British Energy and Drax, which owns and operates the largest coal-fired power station in the UK, were cast as the likely prey.

Rentokil in profit warning after City Link fails to deliver

Shares in business services group plunge by 23%; Board announces departure of chairman

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Sir Fred's bullishness fails to convince

Succession planning at Caz and Rentokil; Inflation makes an unwelcome return

The Week Ahead: Housebuilders to reveal effect of slowdown

Turmoil in the financial markets and worries about a slowing economy have taken their toll on house builders, many of whom are due to publish their results this week. Last week, in a cautionary 16-page note, Dresdner Kleinwort said that updates are "expected to show the grim reality following builders' trading statements indicating it was too early to call the spring selling season", adding: "We reckon it will be dreadful."

Year of the rat: Meet the verminators

Britain now has more of them than people – and your four-legged foes might soon be popping round for a bite. Sophie Morris visits the verminators whose hi-tech arsenal has got rodents on the run

Market Report: Respite for Rentokil after buyout speculation

It has clearly not been a happy Christmas for rat-catchers, as Rentokil Initial's value has headed for the sewers in the past two months. It enjoyed a rally late yesterday, amid rumours it was the target of a management buyout.

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