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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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Top hedgie lands role at venerable Takeover Panel.

Saturday, 16 January 2016, 1:08 am

Eyebrows were raised in the City after it emerged yesterday that Michael Herzog - a top hedge fund manager who specialises in placing big bets on takeover deals - is working for the Takeover Panel, the City's regulator of mergers & acquisitions...

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Shire's next deal could be "transformational" - the end?

Monday, 11 January 2016, 2:22 pm

I see that London-listed Shire has finally formally announced its £22 billion takeover of US rival Baxalta.

Perhaps it's time to start a new series about another FTSE 100 pharmaceutical company's plans to pursue a "transformational" deal?

So, keep an eye on little old Betaville later this week.....

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Shire's next deal could be "transformational" - part 7

Monday, 11 January 2016, 1:04 am

I had been wondering what happened to Shire's takeover of Baxalta after Bloomberg reported last weekend that the deal was expected to be announced last week.

Could there be a spanner in the works?

It would appear not. According to the budding pharmaceutical hack Peter Evans, of the The Sunday Times, Shire will announce the £22 billion takeover of Baxalta this week. Here is a link to Peter's story:..

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