The table does not include coverage of Vodafone’s full-year results posted on 25 May, which revealed a 19 per cent rise in underlying profits.
But William Hill was this week’s stockmarket darling after the FTSE 100 bookmaker announced that its 3,500 touch-screen roulette terminals were generating an average weekly profit of £400 each.
Its decision to capitalise on the growth of interactive betting by spending £2m on the launch of its own TV channel on Sky’s digital platform was also well received.
Sainsbury’s retained financial agency Finsbury will have its work cut out if it wants to turn around the supermarket’s crash to the bottom of the table.
Shareholders discovered that chairman Sir Peter Davis received a £2.4m bonus last year despite an 8.5 per cent drop in earnings over the same period.
Network Rail suffered from a perception of low staff morale after employees voted to co-ordinate strike action with London Underground staff over pay and pensions.
The ranking is compiled from Thomson Intermedia’s National News Index, a measure of media sentiment that excludes stock market reports and passing mentions.