Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



FTSE Shares That Soared and Plunged This Week

Don't let it get away!

Keep track of the stocks that matter to you.

Help yourself with the Fool's FREE and easy new watchlist service today.

LONDON -- We saw a small rise in the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE  ) this week, of 58 points, to end Friday at 6,616. But that really only extends the index's sideways spell, while we're in a period with very few major company results. That record high of 6,876 points is still proving elusive.

There weren't many notable price movements this week, but here's a few of interest:

easyJet (LSE: EZJ  )
The stock price of budget airline easyJet has been soaring since November, to take it up more than 50% over 12 months -- and the gains were backed up on Tuesday by an upbeat trading update ahead of first-half results.

Capacity has grown approximately 3.5%, with revenue per seat now expected to be 1.5% up. Ex-fuel costs per seat are lower than previously expected, falling 0.5%, and there's a predicted pre-tax loss (in the out-of-season half) of 55 million to 65 million pounds, down from an earlier estimate of 70 million to 90 million pounds.

On the week, the stock gained 89 pence (5.5%) to 1,711 pence.

Aberdeen Asset Management (LSE: ADN  )
Investment firm Aberdeen Asset Management picked up 32 pence (8.8%) to reach 395 pence, the week after announcing the planned takeover of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Group -- the details only emerged late the previous Friday, with the share price catching up this week.

Aberdeen shares have had an erratic 12 months, losing 10% overall, but they're offering a dividend yield of 5% now.

Carnival (LSE: CCL  )
Cruise operator Carnival released a disappointing first-quarter update on Tuesday and saw its price dip 113 pence on the day -- it went on to a loss over the week of 174 pence (7.1%) to 2,290 pence.

Revenue in the quarter fell 2.1%, with net costs (excluding fuel) up 3.3%. Although those figures were better than earlier expectations, the company reported zero earnings per share for the period, down from 8 cents a year previously.

Babcock (LSE: BAB  )
Engineering support company Babcock International announced a takeover on Thursday, and saw its stock promptly fall -- it dropped 91 pence on the day, and ended the week down 96 pence (6.9%) to 1,292 pence.

The buyout target is aviation services firm Avincis, whose entire share capital is to be acquired by Babcock for 920 million pounds. Despite the fall, Babcock stock is still up around 17% over the past 12 months.

What now?
Dividends form a core part of many a successful long-term portfolio. Whether you need that income to live on, or want to reinvest it for the long term, there's nothing wrong with collecting robust and attractive payouts. And that's what the Fool's top U.K. analysts have been looking for.

Their new "How to Create Dividends for Life" report gives you "5 Golden Rules for Building a Dividend Portfolio." The full in-depth report is free and can be accessed immediately -- just click here.

The Motley Fool is helping Britain invest. Better. And with the economy so uncertain, we're urging everyone to read "10 Steps to Making a Million in the Market" -- it may transform your wealth. Click here now to request your free, no-obligation copy.

Further Motley Fool investment opportunities:

Read/Post Comments (1) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Add your comment.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2895591, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 8/29/2015 7:45:06 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated 22 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 16,643.01 -11.76 -0.07%
S&P 500 1,988.87 1.21 0.06%
NASD 4,828.33 15.62 0.32%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

8/28/2015 11:35 AM
^FTSE $6247.94 Up +55.91 +0.90%
FTSE 100 CAPS Rating: No stars
ADN $318.90 Up +3.60 +1.14%
Aberdeen Asset Man… CAPS Rating: No stars
BAB $969.00 Up +16.00 +1.68%
Babcock Internatio… CAPS Rating: No stars
CCL $3314.78 Down -3.22 -0.10%
Carnival CAPS Rating: No stars
EZJ $1685.81 Down -19.19 -1.13%
easyJet CAPS Rating: No stars