3 Shares the FTSE 100 Should Beat Today
LONDON -- The FTSE 100 has been gradually gaining strength today and is up 1.1% to 6,418 points as 10 a.m. EST, beating the previous 52-week record of 6,412 set in February. Markets were buoyed by bullish utterings from the economic masters of the U.S. and China, and a raft of upbeat company results added to the FTSE's impetus.
But not every share is storming up -- not even some that are backed by strong earnings. Here are three that are falling behind the index today.
Rotork shares slumped have slumped 3.8% to 2,792 pence despite 2012 full-year results coming in pretty much bang on City forecasts. Adjusted pre-tax profit was up 12.2% to 131.6 million pounds, with adjusted earnings per share up 13.6% to 109.3 pence. The industrial engineer's full-year dividend was raised by 15.4% to 43 pence per share.
Despite today's fall, the shares are still up about 35% over the past 12 months, though December 2013 forecasts do put them on a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 23, which some will think too high.
Full-year results from Moneysupermarket.com resulted in a small share-price fall of 1.6% to 200 pence -- but the shares are still more than 50% up over the year. Chief executive Peter Plumb told us "The U.K. has caught the money saving bug" after the operator of the U.K.'s biggest price-comparison website saw revenue rise 13% to 204.8 million pounds, with adjusted EBITDA up 26% to 66.5 million pounds.
The full-year dividend was lifted by 27% to 5.74 pence per share, for a yield of 2.9% -- that's not a great yield yet, but it's still early days, and further rises are forecast for the next two years.
Digital TV technologist Pace is our third to see its share price fall today after the release of good-looking results. In this case, the shares are down a modest 0.5% to 226 pence. But they have seen by far the biggest rise of the year: They're up about 180%, even after recent slips.
The year saw revenue up 4.1% to $2.4 billion, with adjusted EBITA up 11.8% to $158.1 million, even though the firm was hit by last year's global hard-disk supply problems. There will be a full-year dividend of $0.045 per share, up 20% on last year.
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