LONDON -- Stimulus-tapering fears spilled over from last week, helping send the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES:^FTSE) down a modest 19 points (0.3%) to 6,674. A weaker mining sector also helped hold the index of top U.K. shares back, after the latest Chinese data disappointed the markets. The FTSE has now fallen for three weeks in a row.
Aberdeen Asset Management (LSE:ADN)
A fine set of full-year results gave the Aberdeen Asset Management stock price one of the week's best boosts, sending it up 48.6 pence (11%) to 475.4 pence.
The investment company saw revenue grow 24% over the year, with underlying pre-tax profit climbing 39% to 428.7 million pounds. Underlying earnings per share did even better, with a 44% rise to 32.5 pence, and the total dividend was lifted 39% to 16 pence.
Budget airline easyJet provided a treat for dividend investors this week, boosting its annual dividend by 55.8% to 33.5 pence per share in line with its policy of paying out one third of its profits. In addition, after a year that saw a 51% jump in pre-tax profit to 478 million pounds, the company will also hand back an extra 175 million pounds in the form of a 44.1 pence-per-share special dividend.
The share price has rewarded growth investors too -- it's up 140 pence (11%) to 1,405 pence on the week, having more than doubled over 12 months.
At the other end of the table, shares in Petrofac plunged 248 pence (17%) to 191 pence, after the oil and gas engineering firm warned of delays (or "rephasing" in marketing-speak) on two major projects. Significant revenue will now be deferred until 2015 and even later, with 2014 showing only "flat to modest growth year-on-year."
The Petrofac price is now down around 28% over the past 12 months.
TUI Travel (LSE:TT)
TUI Travel saw its price slip 29.4 pence (7.6%) to 359 pence, in a week in which the travel agent told us it has agreed to sell the majority of its stake in The Airline Group, which in turn holds shares in air traffic controller NATS Holdings, for approximately 38 million pounds.
The firm has also agreed to buy two new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes, saying it gets great feedback from customers on its current 787 fleet.
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