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IC Weekender: Enjoying oil’s bounce, a Simon Thompson bargain buy, Phil Oakley's weekly round-up & more

After a turbulent week in the markets, is this it? The FTSE 100 has dropped below 7,000 for the first time in six months, and has lost 10 per cent of its value since a closing peak of 7,877 in May. Wall Street has suffered its biggest fall in eight months. Fears of rising interest rates have well and truly set in. But that's nothing new, right? Right?! Anyway, on this week's Companies & Markets podcast John Hughman, Megan Boxall and Phil Oakley try to make sense of it all. Click here to listen for free

Meanwhile, over on the Personal Finance Show Taha Lokhandwala was joined by Emma Agyemang and Rachel Winter, senior investment manager at Killik & Co, to also talk about the equity market volatility and what investors should, and should not, be doing about it. 

One investor whose portfolio is in recovery mode after a tough start to the year is our diarist John Rosier. He says he puts the recovery down to the rising oil price. Click here to read this month's diary entry.

And over in Alpha, Simon Thompson offers up a bargain buy. Even before the correction on 11 October, this company was trading on a forward PE of just six. Click here to read. And Phil Oakley filed his weekly round-up, in which he asks whether all potential good news is priced in for Bioventix (BVXP) and examines the outlook for Vertu Motors (VTU). He also explains why he likes the business models at Hollywood Bowl (BOWL) and Greggs (GRG) and assesses Marston’s (MARS) ability to manage its debts.

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