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Investment banker, wife and friend guilty of insider dealing

An investment bank director, his wife and a family friend have pleaded guilty to insider dealing in court following £500,000 fraud.

Disappointing production numbers hit Vatukuola

Shares in AIM-listed Vatukuola Gold Mines plummeted today as the company disappointed investors with its latest operational update.

BP hit by oil leak in Alaska

Oil giant BP was left cursing more bad luck on on Monday, as its shares fell into the red after an oil leak forced the company to shut a major Alaskan pipeline.

BowLeven strikes more oil offshore Cameroon

West Africa-focused oil and gas group BowLeven has struck further black gold at its key Sapele-1 exploration well, offshore Cameroon.

Tullow celebrates further success in Ghana

British oil major Tullow Oil has notched up further success in Ghana, with a gas discovery at its Tweneboa-3 appraisal well.

Persimmon to hit top end of market expectations

Housebuilder Persimmon today said underlying profit before tax had increased significantly in the year to 31 December and added it would be at the top of market expectations.

Takeover talk sends Smith & Nephew flying

Shares in Smith & Nephew were flying on Monday following widespread reports the company rejected a bid approach from giant US rival Johnson & Johnson just before Christmas.

Growth weaker than expected at Debenhams

Winter weather dented sales growth at department store chain Debenhams, though it did get a small boost from strong online growth and market share gains.

Morrisons sees off snow as sales rise

Supermarket chain Morrisons kept its forecasts for the full year unchanged after growing like-for-like sales despite the severe winter weather.

Global investment picks from the experts

Many worrying economic scenarios are unfolding around the world, making it hard to pick out the best regions for investment. Heather Connon asks the experts for their tips.

Expert tips for global funds and investment trusts

Our experts highlight the funds and investment trusts they believe will perform well in 2011 and also provide some thematic choices.

Where next for agricultural commodities?

The recent surge in agricultural commodities is the real culprit behind the threat of rising inflation, but what has 2011 got in store for prices?

The week ahead...

The first full week of 2011 brings with it some corporate powerhouses, as supermarket trio Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco join retail giant Marks & Spencer in a bumper week on the business calendar.

Markets: US job data hits FTSE 100

London's leading share index remained in the red on Friday, as non-farm payroll data from the US disappointed investors, with miners among the biggest fallers.

Markets: The Week That Was (04-07/01/11)

London's leading share index was quick to revert to type at the start of the new year, swinging from big gains to commodity-led losses in a tough week for retailers.

Wellstream on course to beat full-year targets

Wellstream Holdings said on Friday it is on track to deliver better-than-expected earnings for 2010, boosted by a strong second-half performance in Brazil.

US non-farms disappoint

After much anticipation, the US non-farm payrolls disappointed investors, posting an increase of just 103,000 compared to expectations of at least 150,000.

Car sales to remain slow in 2011

Car sales slowed sharply in the second half of 2010 and remain under pressure for this year according to latest figures.

Is Brazil about to reignite a currency war?

A move by Brazil to rein in appreciation of its currency is under scrutiny by analysts, who said it could potentially herald the renewal of currency wars started last year.

Gulfsands endures mixed Syrian campaign

It was a mixed bag for oil and gas producer Gulfsands Petroleum on Friday, with both a discovery and a disappointment notched up during its Syrian drilling campaign.