LONDON -- The FTSE 100
But that's not stopping individual shares from storming ahead, and we seem to be in a period when there are companies reaching for the sky every day. Here are three that have hit 52-week highs this week.
In addition to that, current forecasts suggest a very nice dividend yield this year of 5.6%, rising to 6% next year, so the shares are not looking expensive. And though insurance can be a volatile business, Standard Life has a good record of maintaining and growing its dividend.
I was especially pleased to see Vodafone
Overall, the shares are up 19% from their 52-week low back in late 2011, which is pretty good going for a company probably known best for its strong dividend policy. There's a very impressive 6.9% payout forecast for the year to March 2013, with 7.2% expected the following year.
It's also good to see our high street strengthening, with Debenhams
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