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FTSE Shares That Soared and Plunged This Week

Alan Oscroft
March 30, 2013

LONDON -- Although the FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE) ended the week just 20 points up, at 6,412, it trod an erratic path getting there, slumping as low as 6,344 points on Wednesday as the worst of the Cyprus banking fallout hit European markets. With a bailout agreed to for the island member of the eurozone by the end of the week, the index of top U.K. stocks recovered, though the eventual punishment to be faced by savers in Cyprus is yet to be known.

Here's a look at the big movers on the FTSE this past week.

TUI Travel (LSE: TT)
TUI Travel gained 14.6 pence (4.7%) during the week to end at 325.6 pence, after the owner of the U.K.'s Thomson and First Choice brands told us that profit growth this year could approach 10%. In its first-half update, the company revealed a 2% rise in winter sales and told us that the momentum had continued into a 7% rise in mainstream summer vacation sales. The stock price has now doubled since last summer's low of 158 pence.

Legal & General (LSE: LGEN)
The U.K. insurance sector has been very mixed of late, but Legal & General had a reasonable week, up 3.6 pence (2%) to 172.7 pence. The rise comes after the company announced that it is to acquire the 75% of the Cofunds financial services investment platform that it doesn't already own. The deal will cost 131 million pounds in cash, valuing Cofunds Holdings at 175 million pounds.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets (LSE: MRW)
Wm Morrison Supermarkets continued its recent