LONDON -- The FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES:^FTSE) is going nowhere fast today, down a mere three points to 8,868. Greece and the eurozone are stumbling along, so there's no major short-term panic at the moment, but serious economic growth doesn't appear to be around the corner just yet.
Still, that leaves us free to ignore the noise and concentrate on individual companies, in true Foolish style. Here are three whose shares are rising today.
TUI Travel (LSE:TT)
TUI Travel had a nice 3.3% boost to 278 pence on the release of annual results for the year to September. Although revenue was down by 2% to 14.5 billion pounds, underlying pre-tax profit was up by 8% to 390 million pounds, and the board was confident enough to lift the dividend by 4% to 11.7 pence per share.
Commenting on the results, chief executive Peter Long said that "the U.K. achieved outstanding results both in terms of profit and margin, all against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty." Can't be bad.
Utilities provider Centrica continued its recent mini-surge, with the share price up 1.4% to 333 pence on the news that its Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B power stations have received approval to operate for a further seven years, from 2016 to 2023.
Centrica shares have done well this year and are currently about 13% up on the past 52 weeks. That might not sound much compared to smaller growth companies, but Centrica is a 17 billion pound FTSE 100 company offering an annual dividend yield of more than 5%.
IQE shares enjoyed a 6.8% boost to 27.5 pence after the semiconductor wafer manufacturer announced its first million-pound-plus order for things apparently called "advanced laser wafers." Growth in data centers and IT infrastructure in China is apparently behind the demand, and the firm expects more orders to follow this one, which is due for delivery in the first half of 2013.
IQE's shares have had a bit of a rollercoaster year so far, but they're up around 35% over the past 12 months.
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