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Murray income trust rises 23.6 per cent

The NAV of the Murray Income trust has risen 23.6 per cent over the year, 4.9 per cent ahead of the FTSE all-share which rose 18.7 per cent. The trust proposes a final dividend of 5.65p, making a total dividend of 19.15p, an increase of 4.9 per cent on the previous year.

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Invesment View: Crude awakening

If you are seeking justification for the continued buoyant state of the stockmarket, look no further than the rising level of M&A activity. A trawl through last week’s financial pages would have found mentions of a potential bid for Scottish Power from Eon, a further chapter in the saga over Old Mutual’s long mooted acquisition of Skandia, Deutsche Poste casting its eyes over the books of Exel and even a deck-clearing exercise by Euronext as it looks at a possible offer for our own London Stock Exchange.

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