3 Shares Set To Beat The FTSE Today

Published in Investing on 16 October 2012

N Brown (LSE: BWNG) and Smiths News (LSE: NWS) climb on good news

The FTSE 100 (UKX) is climbing further today, up another 53 points to 5,857 as I write. That's only 132 points short of its 52-week high of 5,989, and we might even be into a sustainable run that will take the index above that high, especially as new reports show UK inflation falling.

On top of that, a number of companies saw their shares rising nicely today, on the back of good news. Here are three from the various FTSE indices that are on the up and look set to beat the wider market:

N Brown

Multichannel retailer N Brown Group (LSE: BWNG) shot up 29p (11%) to 299p today after the release of results that showed revenues up 4.3% to £379 million for the six months to 1 September. Pre-tax profit was down by 4.5% to £42 million, but two key measures were very encouraging -- e-commerce sales were up 12%, and sales for the six weeks to 13 October rose by 10%.

The firm lifted its interim dividend by 3% to 5.45p per share, and there's a full-year yield of more than 5% forecast, rising to 5.4% for the year to February 2014.

Smiths News

Preliminary results from Smiths News (LSE: NWS) gave the shares a nice 7p (5.3%) boost to 140p, with underlying pre-tax profits soaring by a forecast-busting 23% to £39 million and underlying earnings per share (EPS) by 28% to 15.5p. Even statutory EPS rose by more than 25%.

That enabled the firm to lift its full-year dividend by 7.5% to 8p per share, in line with the recent City consensus -- and to support a very nice yield of 6%, even after today's share-price rise. Add to that the 60% rise the shares have enjoyed over the past twelve months, and shareholders should be very pleased today.

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Petropavlovsk (LSE: POG) was boosted by a third-quarter production report today, which pushed the shares up 14p (3.2%) to 441p, bringing some cheer after falling sentiment has hit precious metals producers this year.

The firm produced 39% more gold than in the previous quarter, and is 11% ahead over a nine-month period and on track to hit full-year targets of 700,000oz of gold -- and that's a lot of shiny stuff.

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> Alan Oscroft does not own any shares mentioned in this article.

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