Shares in Ocado rose above their initial flotation price for the first time yesterday.

The online retailer floated last year with its stock valued at 180p, a price that later slipped significantly. However, its shares were worth 196.7p at the close of trading yesterday, up 18.4p for the day.

The rise comes amid continued speculation over a possible takeover approach for the business.

“We’re not sure why Ocado has spiked,” said Shore Capital analyst Clive Black. He said that while a takeover could not be ruled out, he would be “surprised by any incumbent UK food retailer making an imminent move”.

Black added: “While Ocado is expected to have recorded strong trading over the festive period, such short-term activity does not change the fundamental valuation of the stock for us.”

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