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Burnt fingers - part 2

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 6:02 pm

Market punters that like to bet on the next takeover deal are likely to be experiencing burnt fingers for the second time in a week...

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Sunday review; and Mike Ashley to save BHS? - part 2

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 4:41 am

It's been another tricky weekend for Sir Philip Green. In fact, the boisterous billionaire's reputation took a serious battering in the UK business press throughout the whole of last week following the confirmation of the BHS administration...

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Burnt fingers

Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:00 am

Little old Betaville was somewhat wary of the Restaurant Group bid rumours going round the market in recent weeks.

So, I purposefully decided against airing the gossip on little old Betaville or elsewhere and now I'm rather glad that I didn't as the company has just issued another profit warning, sending the stock 20pc lower this morning.

Still, I'm sure there are plenty of burnt fingers out there.....

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Flag pole alert - part 8

Monday, 25 April 2016, 6:58 pm

Deal watchers looking for the next big FTSE 100 deal should read Ian King's excellent column in today's The Times...

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Another non-denial, denial

Friday, 22 April 2016, 2:04 am

Today's wire reports out of Switzerland made me chuckle.

Apparently, Jean-Paul Clozel, chief executive of Actelion, told Reuters that "there's been absolutely no offer" to takeover the company.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg said "Actelion isn't fending off any takeover approaches, days after a media report cited the drugmaker as possible target for Sanofi or Johnson & Johnson."..

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