3 Shares Set To Beat The FTSE Today

Published in Investing on 4 December 2012

TUI (LSE: TT.), Centrica (LSE: CNA) and IQE (LSE: IQE) all have a good day.

The FTSE 100 (UKX) is going nowhere much today, hovering just one point above yesterday's close, at 5,872. Greece and the eurozone are stumbling along, so there's no major short-term panic at the moment, but serious economic growth doesn't appear to be around the corner just yet.

Still, that leaves us free to ignore the noise and concentrate on looking at individual companies, in true Foolish style. Here are three whose shares are rising today.

TUI Travel

TUI Travel (LSE: TT) had a nice 8.5p (3.2%) boost to 277.5p on the release of annual results for the year to September. Although revenue was slightly down, by 2% to £14.5 billion, underlying pre-tax profit was up by a very nice 8% to £390 million, and the board was confident enough to lift the dividend by 4% to 11.7p per share.

Commenting on the results, chief executive Peter Long said that "the UK achieved outstanding results both in terms of profit and margin all against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty". Can't be bad.

Centrica

Utilities provider Centrica (LSE: CNA) continued its recent mini-surge, with the share price up 3.9p (1.2%) to 223.5p on the news that Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B power stations have received approval to operate for a further seven years, from 2016 to 2023.

Centrica shares have done well this year, and are currently about 13% up on the past 52 weeks. That might not sound much compared to smaller growth companies, but Centrica is a £17 billion FTSE 100 company offering an annual dividend yield of over 5%.

IQE

IQE (LSE: IQE) shares enjoyed a 6.8% boost to 27.5p, after the semiconductor wafer manufacturer announced its first million-pound-plus order for things apparently called "advanced laser wafers". Growth in datacentres and IT infrastructure in China is apparently behind the demand, and the firm expects more orders to follow on from this one, which is due for delivery in the first half of 2013.

IQE's shares have had a bit of a roller-coaster year so far, but they're up around 35% over the past 12 months.

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

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