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from Breakingviews:

JJB eyes Sports Direct with cash call

Why put cash into JJB Sports? Investors are apparently so keen to do so that the sports retailer expects to raise 100 million pounds -- more than its market capitalisation of just over 80 million.

At first glance, it is hard to see why. Britain is in the grip of a deep recession and only a few months ago, JJB was flirting with administration. Its shares have fallen 90 percent in two years. If that wasn't enough, the company is embroiled in price fixing probes by the OFT and the Serious Fraud Office.

Clearly, JJB has benefited from the effect of a buoyant stock market into which investors still seem keen to put cash. As a stock that has fallen a long way, JJB is more likely to rebound once doubts about its future are lifted.

But there's more to it than that. Many investors are trying to pick those that will emerge strongest in their sectors. They are backing JJB because they see it as a potential winner.

Under executive chairman David Jones the group is positioning itself to sell high quality sports clothing and equipment -- in contrast to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct discount chain, the UK's largest sports retailer.