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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Thames Water say hosepipe ban is unlikely

Thames Water today reassured its 8.8 million customers that hosepipe bans are unlikely this year, despite supplies starting to drop.

Market Report: Utilities takeover talk switches to Severn Trent

The utilities have been awash with bid speculation recently, and yesterday Severn Trent became the latest in the sector to find itself back in the takeover spotlight.

Week Ahead: Water companies count the cost of leaky pipes

Investors' attention switches to the water utilities this week, with a number of groups in the sector releasing their full-year figures amid fears the severe weather experienced over the winter will result in fines being imposed for missed leakage targets.

Market Report: Bid gossip pushes Micro Focus towards summit

With market gossips getting animated over speculation the software company could be a takeover target, Micro Focus finished at the top of the mid-tier index last night after shooting up more than 9 per cent.

Market Report: Spirent boosted as its US peer group turns it on

A positive read-across from two of its US peers raised investors' hopes ahead of Spirent Communications' update next month, pushing the company up 5.2p to 152.4p.

Tony Wray: Open the floodgates: set Britain's water free

The Business Interview: Deregulation is the answer to the water industry's challenges, Severn Trent's chief executive tells Sarah Arnott

The Week Ahead: Demand is buoyant for BSkyB as users increase

Investors in BSkyB may have found that their attention has been domina-ted by the proposed takeover from News Corp to gain total control of the broadcaster, but on Thursday the company's interim results will give them a chance to see how the business itself is getting on.

AstraZeneca 'to post £7.5bn pre-tax profits'

Drugs giant AstraZeneca is expected to post a pre-tax profit of £7.5bn when it reports full-year figures this week.

Market Report: Premier Oil finds itself in the takeover spotlight

The takeover credentials of Premier Oil were given a boost yesterday as the British oil and gas explorer was labelled an "obvious merger and acquisition (M&A) candidate".

The Business On... Tony Wray, Chief Executive, Severn Trent

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Investment Column: Dividend story makes Severn Trent a hit

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