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Fake denials - part 2

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 2:59 pm

I got a bit caught up yesterday afternoon but I did want to reflect on what appears to be another example of a blatant "fake denial", which seem to be becoming increasingly prominent these days.

Last summer hacks at CNBC TV 18 landed a brilliant "exclusive" about how Aditya Birla / Idea Cellular and Vodafone were in the early stages of exploring a combination of their Indian operations. Here is the link:..

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FT airs Axa and Generali merger rumours...-part 3

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 5:44 pm

Perhaps the FT's Axa / Generali merger rumours were just a load of hot air after all?

Yesterday, Reuters reported that Axa's CEO is "not interested in Generali" although if you read the story carefully the chief executive doesn't quite say what the headline claims.

Anyway, I will let readers decide what they think by providing a link to the Reuters piece below:..

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A digital (Actelion) "scoop" dissected - part 3

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 9:26 am

Johnson & Johnson has finally announced its $30 billion takeover bid for Swiss pharmaceutical company Actelion.

As a result, the Bloomberg clan are out in force this morning on Twitter reminding the business world about how the financial media organisation late last year "broke" the story about Johnson & Johnson's multi-billion dollar takeover approach for Actelion...

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Flag pole alert - the series returns - part 5

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:08 am

The scribblers over at French broker Exane BNP Paribas were pushing the Japan Tobacco for Imperial Brands line hard this morning although I have still not unearthed any new facts (it's called journalism) that might substantiate their theory.

Obviously, I will let loyal readers know when I do but for the time being I have pasted Exane's note below...

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Saturday review

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10:36 am

Clearly today's newspapers are dominated by you know who.

However, there was one story in The Daily Telegraph's business section that caught my eye: Ashley Armstrong's piece on how Ranjit Boparan, the entrepreneur known as "The Chicken King", has received a takeover approach for Party Ring, the maker of Fox's Biscuits, from a mystery suitor...

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Fake denials

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:35 pm

A lot has been written about "fake news" over the last month so but how about ruminating on the growing amount of duff - or perhaps we should call them "fake" - denials.

Today, for example, French aerospace company Safran announced it is buying rival Zodiac Aerospace for EURO 8.5 billion...

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Today on ITV - part 2

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:01 am

So, here is that curious piece of gossip about ITV I mentioned was I looking into earler in the week. However, to be up front and clear, this gossip really is RARE!

I have been told that back in early December a boutique broker called LionTree organised a big dinner in Denver, USA for a bunch of institutional investors that wanted to meet Liberty Global's management team, including chief executive Mike Fries...

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Emerald Investment Group in talks with C&C Group over Punch counter bid, according to The Times

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 9:42 am

Dom Walsh, one of the best leisure reporters knocking about the UK national newspaper scence, had an intriguing line in his diary column in today's The Times about how Alan McIntosh's consortium hasn't given up on Punch is in talks with C&C Group, maker of Magners, to launch a joint rival bid for the pub company...

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