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Burmese Business - part 4

Friday, 29 January 2016, 1:53 am

It still never ceases to amaze me how quickly stocks fall in and out of fashion with investors, traders and market participants.

Indeed, the healthcare/ biotech sector has taken another serious pasting today following worse-than-expected figures from Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant. So, AstraZeneca is down 3pc today while Shire has fallen almost 5pc.

However, there is one stock that has quiet literally reversed a rout of its share price: MySQUAR...

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Irritating

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 10:08 pm

If there is one thing that really irritates me it's being beaten to the punch by rival hacks on a story I had spent several days trying to stand up.

Yes, that does occasionally happen to me.

And yesterday was particularly galling as I was just about publish a piece about how the Novum takeover had run into difficulties when hacks and hackettes at the Financial Times released their version of the jackanory. Here is a link to their piece:..

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Shell/BG Group worries - part 5

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 4:39 am

I see Royal Dutch Shell's £35 billion purchase of BG Group has been approved by over 80pc of the  Anglo Dutch company's shareholders.

So I guess the Telegraph's recent scaremongering about the deal collapsing, led by Jupiter fund manager Ian McVeigh, was just, err, scaremongering......

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Top of the market? - part 5

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 6:33 pm

Stockmarkets around the world are taking another hammering this week, with the FTSE 100 down  1pc this morning after a major sell off in China.

So, I'm wondering whether the "top of the market" series I started on little old Betaville last summer highlighting several clear "top-of-the-market" indicators was a rather prescient warning for investors?

Or, perhaps this is just a "correction" ahead of another leg up post a few interest rate rises in US?..

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Sunday review

Monday, 25 January 2016, 3:53 am

There were plenty of interesting stories in the Sunday newspaper business sections this weekend.

One tale, though, that caught my eye was the business splash of The Sunday Times.

Oliver Shah and Peter Evans, biz hacks over at The Sunday Times, discovered that giant US hedge fund Och-Ziff has been secretly building a stake in GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest pharma company, and is now putting pressure on the FTSE 100 company's board...

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Lipin in the limelight

Friday, 22 January 2016, 11:37 pm

I'm not in the habit of giving Bloomberg much praise as the journalists that work there are pretty good at praising themselves...

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Quelle Surprise: Sky News exclusively reveals HNA is working with Barclays on a £2 billion bid for London City Airport

Friday, 22 January 2016, 9:48 pm

I see Mark Kleinman, who I once had the pleasure of working for at The Sunday Telegraph, of Sky News has unearthed a rather interesting story about China's HNA Group working with Barclays on a multi-million takeover bid of London City Airport, the British dealmakers' favourite airport that has been put up for sale by its private equity owners...

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Bears tuck into Avanti but...

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 4:23 am

Global stock markets have taken a right walloping over the last few months - in some cases indices are down 20pc from last year's highs - but there are a few stocks that are getting hit particularly hard...

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Kevin Spacey's Wisekey poised to seal deal with GEM - part 2

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 7:54 pm

Oh look - I see Wisekey has confirmed my tale from yesterday about GEM making a multi-million dollar investment in the digital security company backed by Kevin Spacey.

Here is a link today's announcement regarding the deal, which appears to have been completed in Davos...

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Ramp up Tuesday

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 9:56 pm

Many market participants this morning have been focussing on FTSE 250-listed online retailer Ocado, which saw its shares leap almost 20pc. I'm not commenting on that tale here but people who know me well know what I think of the jackanory. ..

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