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Desire shares rocket on Falkland oil find

Shares in Desire Petroleum were absolutely rocketing on Thursday, after it thrilled the market with news of an oil discovery in the Falkland Islands.

Markets: FTSE 100 up on eurozone hopes

London's leading share index enjoyed another day of bumper gains on Thursday, with investors' optimism fuelled by hopes of ECB plans to contain the eurozone's debt crisis.

Should I transfer my ISA?

As a pensioner and non-taxpayer, are you better off transferring your fixed-rate ISA into an alternative savings vehicle?

What's in store today...

TUI Travel offers the big-name news on Thursday, with a smattering of other firms readying themselves to update the markets.

Rough ride for board at Nighthawk Energy AGM

The board of embattled Nighthawk Energy stepped in front of its baying shareholders today... who had plenty to say. Fiona Bond reports from inside the AGM.

Two charged over insider dealing

A former Deloitte Tax LLP partner and his wife were yesterday charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission for insider trading in violation of the US federal securities laws.

House prices dip in November

The latest figures from Nationwide show house prices fell again last month, but the building society believes there's little downward pressure on prices.

Valiant to hit top-end of production targets

Valiant Petroleum was on the front foot today after it said it was on course to deliver oil production levels at the upper end of its guidance for 2010.

Barclays investment arm to cut hundreds of jobs

Barclays Capital - the investment arm of banking giant Barclays - is set to trim hundreds of jobs over the next couple of months.

Gulf Keystone begins drilling at Shaikan-2

Oil explorer Gulf Keystone Petroleum thrilled investors today, as it announced drilling has commenced at its Shaikan-2 appraisal well in Kurdistan.

Subdued summer hits Thomas Cook profits

Full-year profits at Thomas Cook fell in the 12 months to end-September, hit by a poor summer and planned winter capacity cuts.

Hybridan's Small Cap Wrap

Flying into view on the latest small cap round-up are, amongst others, Borders & Southern Petroleum, Nighthawk Energy and Verona Pharma.

Prudential targets Asian growth

Prudential chief executive Tidjane Thiam highlighted Asia as the cornerstone of a plan to drive the life insurance group's profits strongly forward over the next two years at an investor conference.

Cost-cutting helps Sage profit rise

Cost-cutting measures helped accountancy software firm Sage notch up decent gains in full-year pre-tax profit.

Markets: FTSE 100 enjoys triple-digit gains

London's benchmark share index offered investors plenty of winter cheer on Wednesday, boosted by Portugal's successful bond sale combining with upbeat economic data and higher commodity prices.

Are fund performance fees value for money?

The theory suggests performance fees for fund managers align their interests with investors. In practice, Andrew Pitts isn't so sure.

Get more for your pound on the Big Mac index

If you're looking to get away this Christmas, you could do worse than check The Economist's Big Mac index to see which countries offer more for your pound.

What's in store today...

Those turning to the corporate calendar for some non-snow related excitement may be disappointed on Wednesday, with Thomas Cook among a handful of firms set to report.

Contagion fears send euro south

Contagion fears hit the euro on Tuesday, as investors showed they weren't convinced the bail out for Ireland would contain the debt woes of the eurozone.

China gains momentum in global mining arena

China has become a force to be reckoned with on the global mining stage, and with 2011 almost upon us, its ferocious momentum shows little signs of stopping, reports Fiona Bond.