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5 FTSE 100 Shares You Should Have Bought in April

Alan Oscroft
May 1, 2013

LONDON -- Some of our top FTSE 100 shares had a very good April, with some impressive rises being seen. But which of them deserved their successes and are likely to carry on rewarding their shareholders into the future?

That's a harder question to answer, but I think the following five stand a good chance of going on to even better things:

Vodafone Group (LSE: VOD) was one of my picks last month, and it makes it again with a further gain of 9.6 pence (5.1%) to end April on 196 pence. But that in itself is not the main reason for my choice -- it is the possibility of Vodafone's tie-up with Verizon Communications providing something nice for shareholders going forward.

Whether there's a full merger of the two companies or a transfer of ownership of Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, something is pretty much certain to happen, and it will most likely be at a nice price for Vodafone.

A number of news items have boosted Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) shares by 5.6 pence (11.5%) in April to 54.3 pence. First, we heard that Lloyds is to split off 632 branches and relaunch them as a newly floated TSB Bank -- that came after confirmation that the Co-operative had withdrawn from a planned deal to buy the branches. We also heard that the bank's Spanish retail operations are to be sold to Banco Sabadell.

But the major news is the return to big earnings, with Lloyds turing in a pre-tax profit of 2.04 billion pounds in its first quarter this year. That's a massive rise from