magazine 1 Dec 2016

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Cheap debt and the plunging pound are putting many British companies on the block for a sale and the takeovers train is now accelerating. In this week's Shares we explain what corporate buyers are after, what makes many UK plcs virtual sitting ducks and reveal our top 7 likely takeover targets still to come. We also tell you what Italy's banking stand-off means for UK investors, flag the key points to mull with interest rates poised to rise and reveal the investment trusts available for a bargain price. Plus there's stability for UK pensions, loads more company news, market stats, our best investment ideas and much more.

Seven companies ready to be eaten up

The second of our 2-part feature explains how you can benefit from fund managers' privileged access

Trust offers genuine diversification as it targets quality growth stocks

Five gift-wrapped picks for festive portfolios

UK corporate insolvencies tick up for first time since 2011

Political turmoil as BMPS tries to negotiate finance package

Market has yet to realise the importance of this announcement

HP Enterprise Software results show scope for profit improvement

Rapid growth in Photonics to keep re-rating going

Quantifying the ban on tenant fees

Top tobacco stock available at what looks like knock-down price

Annova buy boosts Europe-wide media opportunities

Well-funded franchised motor dealer looks significantly oversold

Wind farm contract opens up new avenue for oil rig specialist

Copper producer signs up new project and nears development decision on another asset

Bargains abound within the investment trusts sector, Brunner among them

But there are still two important points to consider

Over-55s taking phased retirement or redundancy could be hit under pension proposals

In the long-term a focus on quality makes sense

But new pet salons are trimming margins at Pets at Home

Is depreciating yuan a worry for global economy?

UK chancellor has a penchant for infrastructure spending

CEO Phil Bentley splashes out on 1.9m shares

Biggest decline in seven years for Swiss watch sales

UK currency posts strongest month since 2009

Higher interest rates affect the value of all financial assets

Micro cap engineer looks well placed for nuclear new build

Checking in on the growth comeback

Pick up in London property market could boost housebuilder

Growth coupled with currency tailwind proves a heady mix

Premium lifestyle brand is an immature global expansion play

Gaming brain designer sees forecasts upgraded again

Food supplier posts bumper interims