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LONDON -- The FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE ) came ever so close to its 52-week high of 5,989 today, reaching 5,928 to fall just 61 points short. The index subsequently fell back a little to 5,900 -- 10 points down on the day -- but it's been having a strong week.
If the FTSE is still a little short of a new annual high, there are plenty of individual companies in the various indexes that are not. Here are three that have achieved new peaks in the past 24 hours.
Games Workshop (LSE: GAW.L )
Games Workshop spiked to a new high of 715 pence yesterday before falling back to 672 pence today. The shares are now up about 60% over the past 12 months, marking great progress in a recovery that started back in mid-2008. The current price is more than 5.5 times the low point of that year.
And there could be more to come, as current analyst forecasts suggest a dividend yield of more than 6.5% for the year to May 2013, though that would be barely covered by forecast earnings.
Lookers (LSE: LOOK.L )
The motor trade suffered during the downturn, but this year Lookers has being doing very well. The shares are up more than 40% over the past 12 months, having hit a new high of 78.25 pence today.
A strong half-year report in August helped. The full year to December is expected to show fairly flat earnings, but the shares offer a well-covered dividend of more than 3% and a modest forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11.
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Goodwin (LSE: GDWN.L )
Shares of Goodwin, the family run small-cap engineer, have had a rollercoaster year, peaking in March before falling back, and then powering on up again to a new 52-week high today of 1,615 pence. That's an overall rise of nearly 60% over the past 12 months.
There are no current City forecasts available, but at the time of the firm's first-quarter interim statement in September (for the three months to July), revenue was up 19% over the prior-year quarter to 31 million pounds, with pre-tax profit up 54% to 3.8 million pounds.
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