Homeserve plc (LON: HSV), Spirit Pub Co PLC (LON: SPRT) and Hilton Food Group plc (LON: HFG) set new records.
At 6,386 points, the FTSE 100 is now 490 points down from its 13-year peak of 6,876 -- and it seems surprising that the record was set less than a month ago, on 22 May. Still, at least the recent downtrend seems to have halted, and there is a real prospect that we'll see new highs again in the coming months.
But some companies are hitting new highs as we speak. Here are three from the various indices breaking new ground:
Homeserve (LSE: HSV), which provides home emergency and support services, has seen its shares climb to a 52-week high of 290p today, taking them up nearly 90% on the year so far. The firm issued a profit warning in March, which sent the share price falling. But results released in May were better then expected and we have seen the price soar since then.
The firm expects to return to "modest growth" for the year to March 2015, and a currently-forecast 20% fall in earnings per share for the current year puts the shares on a P/E of 16. And while shareholders are waiting for that growth, there should be a dividend of around 4% to keep them going.
Shares in Spirit Pub Company (LSE: SPRT) ended on a 52-week closing high yesterday of 69.75p, though today they're down a bit from that at 68.3p. It's been a very good 12 months really, with the share price up 40% since a year ago, after the year to August 2012 brought home a 20% rise in earnings per share (EPS).
There should be more to come too, with forecasts for this year suggesting a further 11% boost to EPS, with a 3% dividend expected. And even after a good year of price growth, the shares are still on a modest forward P/E of 11, dropping to 10 based on 2014 forecasts.
Our third high for today is Hilton Food Group (LSE: HFG), whose shares have risen by 50% over the past year, touching on a 52-week high of 369.75p for three days in a row now. The specialist meat packing business had a pretty flat year to December 2012, with earnings per share up only 1%.
But for this year, the City is predicting a 6% rise coupled with a 3.6% dividend yield, and that puts the shares on a P/E of 14, pretty much bang on the long-term FTSE average. Forecasts for 2014 are even better, dropping the P/E to 12.5.
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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.