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3 FTSE Shares Hitting New Highs This Week

Alan Oscroft
September 13, 2012

LONDON -- The FTSE 100  (INDEX: ^FTSE  ) is still edging its way toward its 52-week high of 5,989 points, up 12 points on the day so far to 5,794 -- less than 200 points short. Though such short-term moves don't amount to much for Foolish investors, we generally want to see a long-term rising trend.

And however long it takes for the index of U.K. blue chips to reach a new high, individual members of the various indexes are hitting new levels every day. Here are three that have been doing just that this week.

Lloyds TSB (LSE: LLOY.L  )
The bailed-out banks might not be everybody's idea of high-flying shares, but every company has to have a 52-week high at least once a year, and Lloyds TSB achieved that this week, ending yesterday at 39.5 pence before falling back a bit to the current price of 38.4 pence.

That's still far from precrash prices, but the bank could seriously be on the up again. Forecasts for this year aren't terrific, but there's a near-doubling of earnings per share forecast for the year ending December 2013, which would drop the price-to-earnings ratio to 11 based on today's price, and we should be seeing the start of a return to reasonable dividends -- albeit only 1.2% for 2013.

Standard Life (LSE: SL.L  )
Speaking of financials on the way up, Standard Life hit a new 52-week high today of 278.7 pence for a 50% gain on its year-low of 185 pence set last November. August's interim results pretty much confirmed current expectations with a 15% in