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FTSE 100 movers: SABMiller jumps on takeover speculation

SABMiller jumped on the back of speculation that fellow drinks giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev was lining up financing for a possible 75bn bid. At current prices, SABMiller is valued at around 61.5bn.
[Yesterday 16:11]

FTSE 250 movers: Micro Focus jumps on M&A news

UK software group Micro Focus International is to merge with The Attachmate Group in a $2.4bn deal which "presents a rare opportunity to achieve a significant increase in the scale and breadth" of the business. The company also assured investors that its previously announced 60p-a-share (84m) cash return will go ahead and is not conditional on the merger.
[Yesterday 15:46]

FTSE 100 movers: Barclays jumps after appointing new chairman

Barclays jumped on the news it has appointed John McFarlane as chairman to replace David Walker, who will step down following the bank’s annual general meeting in 2015. McFarlane, who is currently chairman of Aviva and FirstGroup, will take on the role on 1 January.
[Fri 16:15]

FTSE 250 movers: Aveva leads downside after profit warning

Aveva shares were tumbling on Friday after the group issued a profit warning. Currency movements and the timing of contract renewals had already been flagged, but the company also said that a sales force reorganisation and a softening of demand in some markets would also have an impact on numbers.
[Fri 15:54]

FTSE 250 movers: climbs on news of new JV's wholly-owned digital payments arm, Kalixa, has formed a joint venture focused on Africa and Latin America with telecommunications and media firm Millicom. The group said the move was "a significant step in continuing to build externally generated business volume and revenue".
[Thu 15:54]

FTSE 100 movers: Next results fall short of City expectations

FTSE 100 retailer Next confirmed total sales growth of 10.3% in the first half and slightly upgraded its full-year earnings guidance, but shares slumped after the figures fell short of City analysts' ambitious forecasts. Retail stores and its online business both delivered significant growth to lift profit before tax 19.3% to 324.2m for the six months to end-July, shy of the 329m analyst consensus, with earnings per share up 22% to 173.3p.
[Thu 14:53]

FTSE 250 movers: African Barrick Gold leads upside

A rise in gold futures helped lift African Barrick Gold.
[Wed 15:48]

FTSE 100 movers: Kingfisher leads risers after seeing improved demand for DIY products

B&Q and Brico Depot owner Kingfisher saw shares jump after replacing its chief executive as it reported flat profits due to currency volatility, although it said the buoyant UK housing market had lifted demand for DIY products.
[Wed 15:18]

FTSE 250 movers: Petra Diamonds leads upside

Petra Diamonds jumped after the miner announced the recovery of an "exceptional" 232.08-carat white diamond at its Cullinan mine in South Africa. Westhouse upgraded the stock from 'add' to 'buy' as a result, saying that the diamond could sell for as much as $15m.
[9 Sep '14]

FTSE 100 movers: Citigroup comments lift Morrisons

Supermarket chain WM Morrison moved north after Citigroup upgraded its rating on the stock to 'buy'. The bank said that the company's 7.5% dividend yield is "safe", playing down recent concerns that have weighed on the shares in recent weeks.
[9 Sep '14]

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