Stock in Marks & Spencer (M&S) on Monday surged on reports that Qatar's sovereign wealth fund is preparing to place a takeover bid for the British clothing retailer.
The stock hit a high of 407.7p a share before closing at 398.1p a share on Monday, up 25.6p from the previous close. The 6.9 per cent gain added more than £400 million to the market value of the retailer.
The stock gained on a report published by The Sunday Times newspaper that the Qatar Investment Authority had plans to assemble a consortium to place £8 billion takeover bid for the UK's biggest clothing retailer.
After hitting a five-year intraday high of 6,384 on Wednesday, the FTSE 100 struggled to gain on Friday.
Miners Randgold and Fresnillo were the biggest losers. Stocks in Randgold and Fresnillo slipped 3.6 per cent and 3.4 per cent, respectively, after Citigroup recommended selling on both of the stocks.
On the other hand, Anglo American was among the top gainers. Its shares gained 2 per cent after it announced better-than-expected quarterly results and hiked dividend to encourage investors.
While the figures were not as strong as the Wall Street had predicted and anticipated, the consumers continued with their spending and the sales went up a bit. Besides that, the fact that the festive season just ended also did its bit and reduced the demands.
As soon as the news came out, the stock market fell. The data was provided by the Commerce Department and they said that sales at the retailers and the restaurants just inched up by 0.3 per cent during the month.
According to a recent statement by General Motors (GM), the total value of the company's common and preferred shares in its initial public offering (IPO) has reached $23.1 billion, largely because of the fact that the underwriters exercised the option to purchase addition stock.
Further revealing that the underwriters - which included investment banks Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch - have exercised their over-allotment of an additional 71.7 million shares of common stock, GM said that the value of the additional shares was $2.37 billion.
In order to provide more capital to Time Out, British private equity firm, Oakley Capital Investments Ltd. has decided to acquire a 50% share of the magazine publisher. After the buyout, the Founder of Time Out, Tony Elliot will own a 50% part of the organization.
The capital raised from the deal will help Time Out in expanding online. Apart from this information, none of the two organizations revealed any information regarding the agreement.
Uncertainty over A380 engines triggered the slipping of engine maker Rolls Royce shares and the Britain's top shares were pulled down as the investors gained heavily from previous session.
By the 0908 GMT, FTSE 100 slipped by 19.32 points to reach at 5,855.87 but closed at 5,875.19 by gaining 0.4 percent. On Tuesday it just managed to cross 5,900 levels for the very first time since June 6, 2008.
Shares of the Randgold Resources, the Gold miner, jumped sharply after announcing of its third quarter budget but again fell by 2.4 percent later.
The shares of BP also lost 1.2 percent.
Tuesday saw trading in New Zealand shares at the same, lukewarm pace, despite slightly higher prices at the end. The NZX-50 close at 0.2% higher, up 5 points to 3,321.77. This was due to gains in bellwether Telecom, which itself ended at NZ$2.12-a 1.9% increase. Sky City, a casino operator, ended at NZ$3.22 after cutting an early dip.
Grant Williamson, a Hamilton Hindin Greene broker, said: "I think there is some offshore interest in the blue-chip stocks listed on the market and I think that is what is supporting our prices somewhat".
Stocks in the German market saw a marked increase in valuations, which led to the index DAX reaching a two-year high. The share prices for Deutsche Post AG also rallied to witness an increase of 3.2%, after the largest postal service in Europe earned more than the expected revenues.
However, Qiagen saw its share prices falling by 6.2%, after its revenue saw a massive decline in earnings. The index, DAX witnessed a rise of 0.6% to end at 6,791.77 at 11:56A. M in Frankfurt. The other index, HDAX also reported a similar increase of 0.6% today.
The hedge fund organization, Man Group has been found to have registered the best performance among all the hedge funds. The pre-tax profit for the company was found to be at $227million in the first half of the financial year till the 30th of September.
The share prices for the world’s largest hedge fund manager also witnessed an increase of 21p or 8.36% to reach the price of 275.40p. The increase in the share price for the group was a remarkable boost, as they had been underperforming on the FTSE100 since long this year.
Following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of an additional $600 billion boost to the US economy, the FTSE 100 Index jumped by more than 100 points. At the same time, Asian markets lifted by 2% overnight.
The FTSE 100 is now at its highest level since mid-2008; investors’ spirits have lifted with the Fed’s decision for a second round of quantitative easing.
The weakening dollar caused a dramatic rise in commodity prices. The sharp gains in mining stocks put the top flight at 5,851.1—102.4 points higher.
In the middle of claims that there has been an interference of xenophobia into the debate, Treasurer Wayne Swan has said that he would think over the proposed Singapore takeover of the ASX based on the long-term national interest.
Resulting in the creation of the world's fifth largest stock exchange, the Singapore Exchange has reportedly put forth launched an $8.4 billion bid to vend the Australian Securities Exchange.
There was a need for a measured response, said Qantas Chairman Leigh Clifford during the Company's annual general meeting on Friday in Adelaide.
Chemicals group AZ Electronic Materials saw its shares rise 8% on its first day of conditional trading. This comes after the group priced its London-listed shares at 240p, around the middle of the range it had initially set.
The market beings trading on Wednesday, but conditional dealing in shares began today. The price values the company, which is incorporated in Luxembourg, at £914 million. Mid-morning Friday saw shares already up at 260p by 9:05am.
The IPO is raising £382 million, 34% of which originates from the sale of existing shares and the remaining new shares.
Following the government‘s review on the defense spending of the country, shares for BAE Systems dropped by a damaging 3%. The stock for BAE witnessed a fall of 12.3p to a share value of 351.6p; the shares fell for a second consecutive day, as the shares for BAE had seen a drop of 2% on Tuesday night.
The market in London as a whole, seemed nervous about the future of the index as the government was about to announce the allocation of funds in the coming five years. Despite the panicky atmosphere, the FTSE Index managed to hold with grit and witnessed a drop of just 7 points.
A tiny group of key investment managers believe that New Zealand shares are being undervalued, with corporation presenting tough balance sheets and “inexpensive " share price-to-earnings ratios, as per as an industry survey. The investment managers are also optimistic about the viewpoint for shares in the subsequent 12 months.