LONDON -- It wasn't looking good for the FTSE 100 this morning, but after a positive U.S. jobs report, the index soared 1.2% to close at 6,412 points. Which shares did even better today? Here are three from the various indexes.
KCOM Group shares have been a bit erratic, but they picked up 8.1% today on the back of full-year results. Revenue was down 3.7% to £372.9 million, but that was in line with expectations, and pre-tax profit gained 3.1% to £52.7 million. The basic earnings-per-share figure came in just 1% up to 7.49 pence, but the annual dividend was lifted by 10% to 4.4 pence per share for a yield of 5.4%.
The telecom firm also confirmed its current dividend policy, with executive chairman Bill Halbert saying, "We are pleased to be able to commit to a ten per cent per annum dividend increase through to 2016."
Homebuilder Bellway also saw its shares climb 1.4% following an update for the period from Feb. 1 to May 31. Performance has been good, with the government's "Help to Buy" scheme and the wider availability of affordable mortgages helping boost average weekly reservations by nearly a third. Bellway's average selling price of £200,300 is up 5% on the same period last year.
The Bellway share price has done well over the past 12 months, too, along with the rest of the sector: It's up about 80% since this time last year.
Fuller, Smith & Turner
Pub manager and brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner turned in a decent set of full-year results and saw its share price pick 5.1%, taking it up about 17% over the past year.
Revenue is up 7% to £271.5 million, and adjusted pre-tax profit gained 5% to £31.7 million. Adjusted EPS rose by 8% to 43.07 pence, enabling an 8% rise in the total dividend to 13.7 pence. That's only a modest 1.5% yield, but it was slightly ahead of expectations.
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