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James Brand, a research analyst at Deutsche Bank, said: "We note a renewed bout of mergers and acquisition speculation regarding United Utilities.
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The Warrington based water company said trading was in line with expectations and that it continued to to make progress on improving operational performance and customer service. UU added it was confident of delivering its regulatory targets.
"We doubt the statement will quash Nike Huarache Mens Black On Feet the bid speculation around UU, although we don't see a bid emerging in the next six months as likely."
But the firm said any hike in revenues would be offset by higher depreciation and infrastructure renewal spending, and other operating costs linked with the transfer of private sewers to UU.
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UU shares yesterday closed 3p, or 0.41 per cent higher, at 730p as takeover talk continued.
"Should a bid come it would likely have to be in the range of a 25 30 per cent premium to be successful."
"It is hard to assess the accuracy of these reports, although there is a clear trend of takeovers in the UK water sector.
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Group borrowings are expected to be moderately higher, reflecting expenditure on the regulatory capital investment programme, payment of the 2011/12 final dividend and payments in relation to pensions, interest and tax.
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It released a trading update saying it expected 2012 revenues to be up on last year due to price hikes, despite falling volumes due to lower demand from industry, and domestic customers increasingly switching to water meters.
Analysts at UBS said: "We believe that the bid speculation has credibility in that UU could make a perfect asset for a long term investor seeking real returns, Air Huarache With Jeans
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The company, which is the region's only FTSE 100 firm, is the UK's largest listed water company, supplying 3.2 million homes and businesses in the north west, and was formed in 1995 through the merger of North West Water and NORWEB.
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Shares in water giant United Utilities are continuing to surge amid takeover speculation with analysts suggesting a bid of up to 960p a share could be in the offing.
Analyst Edmund Reid, of JP Morgan, said: "The trading statement is solid as usual with improving customer service performance.
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"The company is the cheapest water stock in the sector in our view."
talk surfaced earlier in the summer, with Qatari and Abu Dhabi sovereign funds named as potential buyers.
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