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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.

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Market Report: Kingfisher stands firm as Footsie slides

The home improvement group Kingfisher was in focus as the FTSE 100, which came under pressure amid concern about the Obama administration's banking proposals, tipped deeper into the red last night.

Britons set for brief respite from big freeze

Britain could be set for a temporary reprieve from the dismal weather that has blighted the start of 2010 - with forecasters predicting rising temperatures and sunshine tomorrow.

Market Report: Bellway builds on rise in house prices

Recovery hopes lured the bulls into the housing sector yesterday, with Bellway rising by more than six per cent in the London market's final session of the decade.

Market Report: BG stands firm as bargain hunters pile in

The FTSE 100 fell back last night, but BG firmed up as traders bought in on the grounds that recent concerns had been exaggerated.

Market Report: HSBC outlook 'is brighter despite Dubai'

The banking sector was under pressure last night, but HSBC held its ground after a broker suggested the market might be underestimating the group's earnings potential.

Market Report: L&G under pressure amid FTSE 100 sell-off

Legal & General fell back as the the wider market veered sharply lower last night declining by more than 7 per cent after Citigroup turned negative.

James Moore: Water boys the winners with Ofwat?

Outlook Northumbrian Water's response to Ofwat's final decision on how much it can squeeze out of its customers over the next five years was a really quite outstanding piece of corporate verbal diarrhoea which said absolutely nothing.

Northumbrian profits up as water sector waits for Ofwat

Northumbrian Water said lower debt costs helped it to a first-half pre-tax profit hike of 12.8 per cent yesterday, but warned that Thursday's announcement by the water regulator on pricing for the next five years is the "key risk to the business".

Fear of 'double dip' haunts global markets

Fund managers pull out of equities as gloom gathers over strength of recovery in UK and US

Market Report: Thomas Cook falls amid debt concerns

Thomas Cook was held back last night as traders sold out on the view that the market may be underestimating the FTSE 100-listed tour operator's refinancing needs.

Market Report: Centrica up on talk of Russian bid in pipeline

British Gas-owner Centrica was in focus last night as speculators piled in on rumours regarding the possibility of a bid from Gazprom, the Russian energy giant.

Cyanide sparks River Trent pollution probe

An investigation was under way today into how untreated sewage and cyanide made its way into part of one of the country's major rivers.

Market Report: Plain sailing for cruise operator Carnival

In these troubled times, what better than to get away from it all on a nice boat trip to, say, Hawaii or Alaska. Analysts at Credit Suisse were certainly recommending that investors carry on cruising yesterday, as they threw their support behind Carnival.

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