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  1. January 29, 2013

    Seymour Pierce seeks cash injection

    Seymour Pierce is approaching rivals about injecting money into or taking over the small-cap broker, people familiar with...

  2. January 27, 2012

    Investec agrees €32m deal to buy Irish broker

    Investec has agreed to buy Irish financial services company NCB in a deal worth €32m as the banking group continues to...

  1. January 13, 2012

    Tesco faces a challenging diagnosis

    Shortly after Christmas 2010, Sir Terry Leahy was preparing to bow out of Tesco following one of the most consistently...

  2. January 12, 2012

    Tesco’s troubles put brakes on ‘space race’

    Just as shoppers are embracing a new age of austerity, so are some of Britain’s biggest grocers – reining in their...

  3. January 3, 2012

    Sovereign issues draw euro to crunch point

    If last year was difficult for heavily indebted eurozone countries trying to raise money in the government bond markets,...

  4. December 30, 2011

    Supermarkets on warpath to slash prices

    The price skirmish between Britain’s biggest supermarkets is set to intensify next week when they unveil new year offers to...

  5. December 22, 2011

    ECB’s three-year loans lift sentiment

    Bonds of some of Europe’s big public sector issuers that will be key to helping boost economies in the region are recovering...

  6. FT Alphaville

    December 22, 2011

    UK companies to treble retail bond issuance

    UK companies plan to treble the value of bonds they issue direct to the public next year, as they seek cheaper financing...

  7. December 21, 2011

    UK companies to treble retail bond issuance

    UK companies plan to treble the value of bonds they issue direct to the public next year, as they seek cheaper financing...

  8. December 13, 2011

    Small caps: Cove Energy advances

    Cove Energy advanced 9.3 per cent to 102¾p after opening a data room for parties interested to acquire its Rovuma Area 1...

  9. December 9, 2011

    NCC jumps on strong profits forecast

    NCC Group jumped to the summit of FTSE Small Caps index, climbing 19.5 per cent to 808¾p over the week. In an unscheduled...

  10. December 9, 2011

    Bellway reveals further evidence of recovery

    Bellway has reported rises in its average selling price and reservation rates over the autumn period in a further sign that...

  11. December 8, 2011

    London small-caps: NCC Group lifted by assurance boost

    NCC Group jumped 15.1 per cent to 778½p after forecasting that its full-year profits would comfortably beat the market...

  12. December 6, 2011

    Eurozone debt alarm puts safety in question

    Don’t say it loudly. The world’s supply of officially “safe” assets is dwindling fast. With Monday’s announcement by...

  13. December 6, 2011

    S&P downgrade threat stalls gains in Europe

    Utilities and retailers saw some of the biggest losses on Tuesday, as near-term sales worries gripped both sectors. The FTSE...

  14. November 30, 2011

    Panmure issues profit warning

    Panmure Gordon has issued a profit warning as the market turmoil in Europe and the US has delayed a number of key investment...

  15. November 29, 2011

    Euro rescue fund doubts grow

    Launched to great fanfare a year ago, the eurozone rescue fund could soon be overtaken by events. Eurozone finance ministers...

  16. November 28, 2011

    Small-caps: Phoenix sinks back

    Phoenix IT dropped 13.6 per cent to 163p on the back of poorly received half-year results. Analysts expressed concern about...

  17. November 25, 2011

    Week in review: Bowleven shares drop

    Oil and gas explorer Bowleven dropped 30.8 per cent to 65.38p over the week, even after reporting the discovery of further...

  18. November 24, 2011

    Small-caps: Future’s shares tumble

    Future , the magazine and online publisher, tumbled 16.7 per cent to 8¾p after posting a full year pre-tax loss of £18m –...

  19. November 23, 2011

    Overseas buyers see value of UK engineers

    The dwindling band of British engineering and manufacturing companies is losing yet more members. This week it was...

  20. November 22, 2011

    Small-caps: Xchanging loses 8%

    Outsourcing company Xchanging retreated 8.2 per cent to 64½p on news that its human resources contract with BAE Systems will...

  21. November 22, 2011

    London stocks rally after six-day losing streak

    London equity markets fluctuated on nervous trading Tuesday as investors found bargains in sectors that had been heavily...

  22. November 18, 2011

    Investors move to price in euro split

    The eurozone infection this week moved decisively from the periphery of the continent to its core. Many investors are no...

  23. FT Alphaville

    November 18, 2011

    Something for the bail-out sceptics

    We won’t know until early next year how much the ECB has spent on its efforts to defend Italy and Spain facilitate the...

  24. November 17, 2011

    ECB buying drives down Italian yields

    The European Central Bank bought government bonds aggressively for a second day in a row on Thursday in volatile markets...

  25. FT Alphaville

    November 15, 2011

    The City of London job cull...

    … shows no signs of letting up. The latest casualty is Altium Securities. We are also picking up rumours that Religare is...

  26. November 14, 2011

    Spanish bond yields up sharply

    The extra cost for Spain to borrow in comparison to Germany reached a euro-era high on Monday amid signs that Madrid was...

  27. November 11, 2011

    UK domestic banks offer good reasons for cheer

    As the dust settles on the third-quarter reporting season, what have investors learnt about the UK banking sector? Have its...

  28. November 11, 2011

    Small-caps: Alterian rises on better offer

    An improved takeover offer sent digital marketing group Alterian 15.3 per cent higher over the week. SDL increased its bid...

  29. November 11, 2011

    Stagnation fears take shine off gilt market

    The UK has become the investment haven of Europe. This week saw government borrowing costs fall to all-time record lows as...

  30. November 10, 2011

    Small-caps: Alterian climbs on improved offer

    Digital marketing group Alterian advanced 13.4 per cent to 99.63p on news that SDL had increased its offer for the company...

  31. November 9, 2011

    Arbuthnot to sell investment banking unit

    Arbuthnot Banking has agreed to sell its investment banking business to Westhouse in a further sign that the widely...

  32. FT Alphaville

    November 7, 2011

    Italy- the clock is ticking

    First,  a pictorial trip down memory lane. (Click on top slide for more). That’s an Italian bond investor presentation from…...

  33. November 3, 2011

    Ambrian to sell struggling brokerage to RFC

    Ambrian Capital has agreed to sell its struggling brokerage division, Ambrian Partners, to Australian corporate advisory...

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 3, 2011

    Climb on the Headless Horse

    Its CEO is exhausted and has been packed off to the sanatorium, the interim boss has his mind on other things, a large...

  35. November 3, 2011

    China and the EFSF

    What would you do, if you were Mr Zhu? Chinese vice-finance minister Zhu Guangyao has told reporters in Cannes, on the eve...

  36. beyondbrics

    November 2, 2011

    StanChart: feeling the chill

    embed1 The global chill in the banking industry is finally getting to Standard Chartered Bank. With its operations dominated...

  37. November 1, 2011

    Small caps: 888 Holdings advances

    Online gambling company 888 Holdings advanced 6.8 per cent to 35¼p, buoyed by a 42 per cent surge in third quarter revenues...

  38. November 1, 2011

    Italian bond spreads reach euro-era high

    The premium Italy pays to borrow over Germany rose to a fresh euro-era high on Tuesday, leaping over a critical level that...

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