ARM Holdings plc (LON:ARM), Hargreaves Lansdown PLC (LON:HL) and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (LON:ENRC) are three of the biggest beneficiaries of the great bull market of 2013.
Since the New Year, shares have been in a bull phase. In 2013, the FTSE 100 is up 7.4%. In that time, these three companies are ahead by an average of 19.9%.
Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL) dominates the landscape in online personal finance. The company provides share dealing, SIPPs and a discount supermarket for investment funds.
So far in 2013, shares in Hargreaves Lansdown are up 20.8%. This makes them the second biggest winner so far this year.
Hargreaves Lansdown is forecast to increase earnings by 22.3% in 2013, followed by a 15.7% rise in earnings per share (EPS) for 2014. The dividend is also expected to increase. This means that the shares are today trading on a 2014 price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 24 times consensus forecasts, with an expected 2014 yield of 3.6%.
Eurasian Natural Resources Company
Eurasian Natural Resources Company (LSE: ENRC) is involved in mining and processing of raw materials around the world. The company operates the largest iron ore mine in Kazakhstan.
The shares have risen 22.3% in 2013. Much of this rise was prompted earlier in the month, following the announcement of an encouraging production report. Iron ore extraction was up 4.4% compared with the same quarter last year.
ENRC is expected to make EPS of $0.56 for 2013 and pay a dividend of $0.10. That puts the shares on a 2013 P/E of 10.1, with an expected dividend yield of 1.7%.
ARM Holdings (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH.US) is one of the UK's few world-class technology firms. Following a 16.8% rise this year, the shares are now trading at an all-time high.
It is difficult not to be impressed with ARM's achievements. Its small, low-power processors are a key component in mobile phones and tablet computers. The company has dominated its niche since the industry began.
ARM shareholders have grown rich while the company has reaped the benefits of the smartphone boom. In the last five years, dividends at the company have increased by an average of 17.6% per annum. Earnings growth has been even faster, averaging 34.2% a year in that period.
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> David does not own shares in any of the above companies.