JD Wetherspoon would boost pre-tax profit 15% if it implemented a 1% price rise at the bar, says analyst Adam Hull. The pub group’s prices are more than 25% below its peers. The Questor Column, in The Daily Telegraph, admitted to a wrong call when it advised investors to get out of the shares at 307.5p last November. It says those who ignored it should hold on. The Daily Telegraph (Your Money) 22/04/06 page 2 (Questor) S&N shares recommended Merrill Lynch recommends buying Scottish & Newcastle shares at 506p (517p this week). The broker sees any weakness in the share price in the wake of the £205m equity fund raising as an opportunity. It supports this argument by a valuation estimate of 540p per share, a 4% dividend yield and continued bid speculation. The Daily Telegraph (Your Money) 22/04/06 page 2 (What the broker say)