LONDON -- The FTSE 100
Such is the meaninglessness of short-term index movements, so what individual stocks have been moving this week?
Full-year results showed that printing and publishing firm St Ives is continuing its successful transformation from conventional print toward becoming a "broadly based marketing services" business, and that caused the price to spike up 17 pence (20%) to 95.6 pence.
The full-year dividend was upped by 9.5% to 5.75 pence per share, which is a massive 7% payout, and reflects the board's confidence in the company's future.
News and publishing group Trinity Mirror was one of the week's biggest winners, with a 15 pence (30%) rise to 65.75 pence. The stock has done really well since the ousting of deeply unpopular CEO Sly Bailey and has powered up since the ex-CEO of struggling music retailer HMV, Simon Fox, took her place.
Even after the recent rise, the shares are on a P/E of a lowly 2.5, which is really priced to go bust -- and if you think otherwise, you could be on to a bargain.
Mining and resource stocks have been continuing their recent recovery, with precious-metals miner Fresnillo being one of the bigger movers in the sector. The shares gained 110 pence (6%) to 1,963 pence on the week.
It's quite a big move for a FTSE 100 company, and it could suggest either a bounce from the pessimism surrounding metals and minerals, or possibly an upturn in sentiment regarding gold. Time will tell.
Amid a generally positive week, we did have a few fallers, and oil and gas engineer Lamprell was one of the biggest. After releasing another profit warning, the shares dropped 33 pence (30%) on the week to 76.7 pence.
Back in May, we were told that contract delays would send the firm into a loss estimated at 8.5 million pounds this year, and now we hear that things are going to be worse than that, and that a management shakeup is in the cards. The price is now down around 80% since May.
As usual, this week's FTSE trading provided some large share-price movements -- and perhaps some buying opportunities. Indeed, legendary investor Warren Buffett has spent more than $1 billion buying the shares of one of the U.K.'s most successful FTSE large caps.
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