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Almost one in five takeover announcements last year was preceded by suspicious or otherwise unusual share price movements, casting doubt over the Financial Conduct Authority’s efforts to stem insider trading. In its report for the year to the end of March, published yesterday, the watchdog said that 19 per cent of deals had been preceded by abnormal price movements in the two days before the announcement, the same as in 2015.
Had a quick look at Cobham. Not on my radar screen. Did not fill me with confidence - is it a takeover target? Bw may know.
It's only taken them 5 months broadwood - competition commission opening an inquiry in to Tesco's Booker takeover: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-booker-group-m-a-tesco-idUKKBN18Q14S
And I was thinking that it was obligatory to issue holdings RNS's when a 3% holding ................................................................................ It is obligatory, ergo the shares are well dispersed here and abroad. Even if a predator was building a large stake with a view to a takeover it is possible to hide the fact by dispersing the shares in nominee accounts etc and we would never know until we read it in the papers. Not impossible by the way, if some entity believes in the future of the UK and sees a bargain on offer.
J - you have said in the past that you have used options; so I won't go through the mechanics. I am an option writer/seller. I believe that the Lloyds sp will go sideways as I have done for some time. I reset my price range from time to time. I pick off higher of lower prices within the range to set my strikes. My written puts are backed by cash. I write options as the premiums received are tax free; a higher yield than dividends. My option experience is over a very long time so have seen highs and lows in the markets. Any other question? edit: You understand no doubt that writing both sides gives you twice the premium income. Relatively safe with Lloyds but not of course where there is a risk of takeover such as the utilities or BP for example.
Regulators are to investigate Lloyds Banking Group's £1.9bn acquisition of credit card provider MBNA from Bank of America amid concerns the deal could hurt competition in the industry. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has started a probe into the takeover, an acquisition that would boost Lloyds's share of the credit card market from around 15pc to 26pc, transforming the lender into a fierce competitor to dominant Barclaycard, which has 27pc. - Telegraph Yet more fiddling by regulators.
jacko07 What happened at Capita was a shock to many, even investors like Woodford, but it is still better positioned going forward than Lloyds IMO. I build-up holdings over time and so you don't know what my Capita average buy-in price was/is. I am actually now slightly positive on my Capita holding which I still hold. I have long term holdings and short-term momentum holdings. I have made greater returns on my momentum stocks than you have on Lloyds since June. I actually have referenced them in earlier posts. Just to name a few: Reynolds American - takeover by BAT, Altria - takeover read across from BAT/RAI, Eli Lilly - post Alzheimers drug failure, Centrica trading 200-240 range, G4S - balance sheet improvement. I could go on.
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