Search for Neil Hume and
  1. February 14, 2012

    Plain cigarette packaging labelled unlawful

    Big tobacco companies are claiming Australia’s plain packaging law breaches the nation’s constitution because the government...

  2. July 15, 2011

    Footsie bulls need eurozone clarity to charge

    Break-up or break-down? That is the question investors should be asking themselves as they survey the equity market after...

  1. April 15, 2010

    Pru seeks minority investors for AIA to ease curbs

    Prudentialwants to bring minority investors into some of the Asian businesses it plans to buy from AIG, the financial group...

  2. April 14, 2010

    Pru seeks minority investors for AIA

    Prudential wants to bring minority investors into some of the Asian businesses it plans to buy from AIG, the financial group...

  3. March 26, 2010

    Animal spirits fuel mid-cap demand

    As the wider market continued its slow grind higher this week, one index quietly passed a significant landmark. The FTSE 250...

  4. September 26, 2009

    Better prospects off the Bahamas

    From Mr Roger Williams. Sir, In “Falkland Islands companies buoyed” (September 12), Neil Hume and Miles Johnson report on...

  5. September 10, 2009

    Thomas Cook book building

    The banks holding Arcandor's 44 per cent stake in Thomas Cook yesterday began the book building for the placing of the...

  6. July 24, 2009

    Jubilant times for Footsie, but let us keep it in perspective

    A fifth consecutive quarterly decline in UK output, manufacturing order books falling at their fastest rates in 17 years,...

  7. June 19, 2009

    Dash for cash need not result in equity stumble

    Barely a day goes by at the moment without one company or another tapping their shareholders for cash. In the past week...

  8. April 17, 2009

    Relentless mid-cap ‘dash for trash’ continues

    After two years of pain, mid-caps are in the ascendancy once more. Since the start of the year the FTSE 250 has outperformed...

  9. April 2, 2009

    Sanofi moves on Solvay's pharma

    Sanofi-Aventis, one of the world's largest drugmakers, approached big shareholders of Belgium's Solvay about buying its...

  10. March 27, 2009

    Action needed on pension fund deficits

    Investors in Smiths Group received a nasty jolt this week. Presenting interim results, the industrial conglomerate revealed...

  11. March 20, 2009

    Enjoy the FTSE’s rally while it lasts

    The storm clouds that had gathered above equity markets in recent weeks are starting to clear. After bottoming out at 3,512...

  12. February 6, 2009

    On London: Getting defensive on profit guidance

    PG Tips, Domestos, Flora and Comfort are just a few of the 400 brands owned by Unilever. These are everyday items that...

  13. January 23, 2009

    Chaucer sounds out shareholders on raising £100m

    Chaucer, the Lloyd's insurer, is considering raising up to £100m from shareholders, write Andrea Felsted and Neil Hume. The...

  14. December 12, 2008

    On London: Not a happy ‘Christmiss’

    Another round of promotional activity sent a shiver through the retail sector this week. Marks and Spencer went first,...

  15. December 5, 2008

    On London: Companies start to stagger under unwieldy debt burdens

    It is funny to think that 18 months ago debt was fashionable. It was all the rage for companies to “gear up” their balance...

  16. November 13, 2008

    Woolies feels the squeeze on credit

    Woolworths is being forced to demand cash up front for millions of pounds of Christmas goods in a dramatic sign of how the...

  17. October 24, 2008

    Deleveraging and forced selling make market unsafe

    City traders did not need to wait for the release of third quarter gross domestic product figures at 9.30am on Friday to get...

  18. October 17, 2008

    On London: Are mining stocks now cheap?

    Mining stocks took a fresh battering this week. Concerns that the banking crisis would tip the world into an ugly recession...

  19. July 31, 2008

    FSA should be netting bigger fish

    The FSA's high-profile crackdown on insider trading has met with a surprisingly muted reaction in the Square Mile -...

  20. April 25, 2008

    On London: This time it’s different

    “This time it’s different”. Four words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of stock market professionals. They were...

  21. April 18, 2008

    FT Alphaville wins Wincott award

    Alphaville, the financial blogging website owned by the Financial Times, has been awarded the inaugural online journalism...

  22. April 4, 2008

    On London: Banks caught in a bear market rally

    Ever since the credit crisis began to unfold investors have tried calling the bottom for the banking sector. There was...

  23. March 28, 2008

    On London: Housebuilders spring a surprise

    The news from the housing market does not get any better. “House price growth falls to 12-year low” and “Nationwide set to...

  24. March 7, 2008

    On London: Fickle investors shun debt-laden stocks

    What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago companies were under pressure from investors to take on debt and gear up...

  25. February 15, 2008

    Car sales could signify a wider splutter

    Shares in Pendragon, the car dealer, pushed higher last week amid rumours in the City that it could be a takeover target....

  26. January 11, 2008

    On London: Drugs may not help investors’ headaches

    The drug sector this week enjoyed its best performance since the current bull market started in 2003. As the economic...

  27. December 28, 2007

    On London: Bargains among small and mid caps

    The smell of burnt fingers was wafting around the City a week ago after KKR, the US private equity group, made a £600m cash...

  28. December 14, 2007

    On London: City fears mining prop will be removed

    The credit squeeze and associated turmoil in the banking sector are not the only worries playing on the minds of City...

  29. November 2, 2007

    On London: Pub doors open for long-term stay

    When investors with records as good as JP McManus and JP Magnier buy into a sector, others should sit up and take notice. On...

  30. November 1, 2007

    Markets Live Special - 3pm today

    Sharp falls in the price of CDOs and other structured finance paper - appears to have triggered a wholesale re-rating of...

  31. October 29, 2007

    Charles Pretzlik: FSA digs in to hedge funds

    Welcome to the first blog from the FT’s fancy new newsroom. Apart from the Starship Enterprise decor, it’s very handy having...

  32. October 18, 2007

    Charles Pretzlik: DSG bemoans Microsoft

    DSG International (owner of Currys, Dixons and PC World) says poor sales of Microsoft’s Vista operating system will hit...

  33. October 5, 2007

    On London: Deals trigger flurry of bid speculation

    Takeover rumours have been few and far between in London since the credit crunch started more than two months ago. But that...

  34. September 28, 2007

    On London: Like the pension? So buy the company

    Pension and liabilities have been dirty words in the world of mergers and acquisitions for years. They have scuppered...

  35. September 21, 2007

    On London: Housing bull holds firm during gloom

    There are still some bulls of bricks and mortar. Tony Pidgley, managing director of Berkeley Homes, spent £2m this week...

  36. July 27, 2007

    On London: FTSE shaken but fundamental support remains intact

    For those City traders and investors who have not jetted off for their summer holidays, the past week has been seriously...

  37. May 4, 2007

    On London: Why the executive pay model needs fixing

    When the chairman of Cable & Wireless, Richard Lapthorne, announced plans for a private-equity style bonus scheme 12 months...

  38. April 27, 2007

    Qataris support Sainsbury board

    The Qatar-backed fund that has become the biggest shareholder in J Sainsbury is understood to have reassured the group's...

Search for Neil Hume and