LONDON -- Just when the FTSE 100
But individual companies in the FTSE indexes hit new heights every day. Here are three shares that are soaring this year...
Pace, the set-top box and digital-broadcasting technologist, has had a cracking year, with the shares having tripled to reach a new 52-week high of 193.4 pence.
Pre-tax profit did fall back a bit last year, and this year it's expected to be pretty flat, but there's a return to growth forecast for 2013, and the shares are on a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11 for this year, falling to nine next, which is way below the long-term FTSE average of about 14.
Rank Group hit a new high yesterday of 154.3 pence before falling back a little today to stand at 148 pence at the time of writing. Rank's recovery since a slump around the middle of the year has been impressive: The shares are now up 35% on their 52-week low of 110 pence.
Full-year forecasts indicate a 16% rise in earnings from the gaming and leisure operator, with a dividend of a little over 2.5% expected.
Moneysupermarket.com has been a success story in recent years, today hitting a new 52-week high of 151 pence. That takes the shares up 55% from their year-low of 97 pence set just before last Christmas and up more 350% since their low point during the credit crunch.
Indications for the full year suggest a 20% rise in earnings and a 3.7% dividend, with 2013 figures improving to 24% and 4.4%, respectively.
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