Bid speculation lifted Compass Group on the stock market on Friday although the contract caterer was dismissive of the rumours. Merrill Lynch was upbeat after an institutional presentation. Analysts said the company may finally be turning the corner. The shares closed up 5p at 292p. Financial Times 02/12/06 page 34 (FT Markets – London) The Independent 02/12/06 page 54 (Main movers) The Guardian 02/12/06 page 43 (Market forces)