LONDON -- Despite an early slump, it looks like the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE) might be ending the week up after all. After a decent rise yesterday, the index of top U.K. stocks is up a further eight points at the time of writing today, to 5,878. That's 59 points up on last Friday's close of 5,819 -- not massive, but 1% a week every week would be very nice.
A number of companies in the various indexes are heading in the same direction as the FTSE today. Here are three whose prices are rising:
Harvey Nash (LSE: HVN)
Recruitment specialist Harvey Nash Group put on 5% this morning to reach 59 pence, after telling us that trading for the past four months came in ahead of prior expectations, driven by a combination of higher profits in the U.K. and Ireland and increased recruitment rates across various markets.
For the quarter to October, revenue was up 10%, with operating profit up 7%. Pre-tax profit was hit a little by the company upping its working capital, but still rose by 3%.
Globo (LSE: GBO)
Globo, the provider of mobile telecoms software, saw its price pick up 5.9% to 21.2 pence, after the company announced a new distribution deal for its GO!Enterprise products in the U.K. and Ireland.
IT distributor Computerlinks will offer Globo's product suite to its U.K. and Irish partners, in a move that was described by Globo chief executive Costis Papadimitrakopoulos as "our first major move in the U.K. and Ireland, which are key markets for Globo."
Victoria Oil & Gas (LSE:VOG)
Shares in Victoria Oil & Gas gained a modest 1.6% to 2.3 pence after the company issued an operational update. The company's distribution business appears to be developing well, with a packaging company becoming its latest customer to take gas. Average daily consumption by Victoria's existing six gas customers is now estimated at 1.4 million standard cubic feet per day.
Four more thermal energy customers have also been signed up, and Victoria now expects to exceed its previous production guidance.
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