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LONDON -- The FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE ) made another modest gain this week, putting on 80 points for a 1.2% rise to 6,696. That's three positive weeks in a row, but the index of top U.K. stocks is still down from its four-week-old level of 6,712 points.
Miners and banks led the push this week. Here's a look at a few individual movers.
Barclays (LSE: BARC )
Barclays has been in a slide of late, with the price of the bank's stock having slumped 22% between mid-January and the end of last week. But this week the price has picked up 17.1 pence (7.4%) to 248.2 pence, probably partly in anticipation of a first-quarter update due on April 30.
Full-year forecasts put Barclays on a forward P/E of only 9, with a dividend yield of 4% rising to 5.5% in 2015. It could be time to buy.
Aberdeen Asset Management (LSE: ADN )
Investment firm Aberdeen Asset Management features here for the second time in two weeks. A trading update on Tuesday told of a fall of assets under management, from 193.6 billion pounds at Dec. 31 to 186.5 billion pounds at Feb. 28, but that was due to "continuing weakness in emerging markets."
But the company announced better-than-expected cost savings, and the stock ended the week up 46.3 pence (11.7%) to 441.6 pence.
easyJet (LSE: EZJ )
The latest passenger statistics for budget airline easyJet were unveiled on Friday, and they topped a week of optimism by helping send the stock up 116 pence (6.8%) to 1,827 pence.
Passenger numbers for March topped 5.1 million, up 4.8% from the same month last year, with the airline's load factor up 1 percentage point to 91.5%. On a rolling 12-month basis we saw 3.5% more passengers at 61.8 million, with a pretty static load factor of 89.5%.
Wm Morrison (LSE: MRW )
The supermarket sector continued its dull run this week, with market-leader Tesco dropping 10.4 pence (3.5%) to 287.4 pence.
But the biggest loser was Wm Morrison, whose price slid 10.1 pence (4.7%) to end Friday at 204.8 pence. The Morrison share price is now down around 25% over the past 12 months, and there's a 40% fall in earnings per share forecast for the year to January 2015 -- there is a 6% dividend forecast, but it would be barely covered by earnings.
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