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The boat (man) is to set sail again ...

Friday, 28 May 2021, 6:21 pm

The mysterious short seller that targeted London-listed Babcock International is set to release a "new" report.

Boatman Capital has just warned its Twitter followers that:

"Time for The Boatman to set sail again. Look out for a new report from us soon."

Whether that's a fresh report on Babcock International, which sells engineering services to defence companies, or another company altogether remains to be seen...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Kering said to ... - Part 4

Saturday, 22 May 2021, 10:48 am

Betaville notes that billionaire Johann Rupert, who controls Compagnie Financiere Richemont, has finally admitted that that he has been approached by rival Kering about a $150 billion mega merger. Below is a link to yesterday's Financial Times piece with the on the record quotes.

https://www.ft.com/content/da8f16e6-5c0a-4fd9-99a4-ade9583c55fd..

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Mike Ashley said to be in talks to buy Hugo Boss, according to Manager Magazin

Friday, 21 May 2021, 11:40 am

Hugo Boss shares are up over 5pc this morning following a report from a German magazine that Mike Ashley is weighing a takeover bid to buy the fashion brand outright.

Wily Ashley, the controversial billionaire owner of Newcastle United Football Club, has been building a stake in Hugo Boss for sometime but now the monthly Manager Magazin is claiming he is "in talks" to buy the whole business for over EURO 3.2 billion. Below is a link to the piece:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Stride, Inc said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 5:58 pm

There was a frisson of excitement around Stride, Inc yesterday after rivals at StreetInsider suggested Pearson, the FTSE 100-listed education publisher, is interested in acquiring the US-based group.

However, flaks at Pearson were quick too pour cold water on the StreetInsider tale, denying it to rival American wesbite Seeking Alpha...

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