3 FTSE Shares Hitting New Highs: NEXT plc, Admiral Group plc And Dunelm Group plc

NEXT plc (LON: NXT), Admiral Group plc (LON: ADM) and Dunelm Group plc (LON: DLNM) are soaring.

| More on:

The content of this article was relevant at the time of publishing. Circumstances change continuously and caution should therefore be exercised when relying upon any content contained within this article.

The FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE) has been up and down a bit today — first up on positive updates from miners, then down on fears for the future of quantitative easing, and by mid afternoon it’s up again with financial shares on a rebound. All in all, the index of top UK shares is up 36 points to 6,592 as I write these words.

That’s still some way from its 13-year high of 6,876, set in May, but there are certainly a few individual shares reaching new highs. Here are three setting records:

5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50

One notable billionaire made 99% of his current wealth after his 50th birthday. And here at The Motley Fool, we believe it is NEVER too late to start trying to build your fortune in the stock market. Our expert Motley Fool analyst team have shortlisted 5 companies that they believe could be a great fit for investors aged 50+ trying to build long-term, diversified portfolios.

Click here to claim your free copy now!

NEXT

It’s not that long ago that the idea of retailers hitting new heights seemed far-fetched, but that’s what fashion purveyor NEXT (LSE: NXT) has been doing of late. Yesterday the shares touched on a 52-week high of 4,834p, and though they’re down a little from that to 4,770p today, the price is still up more than 50% over the past 12 months.

The firm has enjoyed double-digit growth in earnings per share (EPS) over the past four years, and there’s more of the same expected — City forecasts suggest a 10% rise for January 2014, putting the shares on a P/E of 15. Dividend yields are around the 2.5% mark.

Admiral

Motor insurer Admiral Group (LSE: ADM) also reached a 52-week high yesterday, of 1,397p, before closing the day on 1,390p — at the time of writing, the shares are back from that a little at 1,373p. Over the past year, the price is up a bit over 20%.

Dividend-wise, Admiral is potentially offering one of the highest payouts in the FTSE 100, with a total yield of 6.9% forecast for the year to December 2013. But Admiral’s annual payment is unusual in that about half of it takes the form of a special dividend, so some caution is needed — but the firm has paid a special dividend every year since it joined the stock market in 2004.

Dunelm

Soft furnishings is looking like a good business to be in these days too, at least if you’re a Dunelm Group (LSE: DLNM) shareholder. The company, known for its Dunelm Mills outlets, has seen its share price reach a 52-week high of 1,047p for three days in a row now — and that takes it up more than 80% over the past 12 months.

In a year-end trading statement released at the start of the month, Dunelm revealed a 12.2% rise in total sales for the year to 29 June, and told us that profit margins are improving. Forecasts suggest a 13% rise in EPS for the year, with results due on 12 September.

Finally, if you’re looking for high-performing top-drawer shares that should take you all the way to a comfortable retirement, I recommend the Fool’s special new report detailing five blue-chip shares. They’ll be familiar names to many, and they’ve already provided investors with decades of profits.

But the report will only be available for a limited period, so click here to get your hands on these great ideas — they could set you on the road to long-term riches.

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

Is this little-known company the next ‘Monster’ IPO?

Right now, this ‘screaming BUY’ stock is trading at a steep discount from its IPO price, but it looks like the sky is the limit in the years ahead.

Because this North American company is the clear leader in its field which is estimated to be worth US$261 BILLION by 2025.

The Motley Fool UK analyst team has just published a comprehensive report that shows you exactly why we believe it has so much upside potential.

But I warn you, you’ll need to act quickly, given how fast this ‘Monster IPO’ is already moving.

Click here to see how you can get a copy of this report for yourself today

More on Investing Articles

Tired woman sleeping on London underground
Investing Articles

5 steps to monthly passive income streams of £500

Aiming for regular passive income streams, our writer walks through five key steps he would take.

Read more »

Business people shaking hands
Investing Articles

Director dealings: HSBC, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey

Director dealings can indicate whether a company's doing well. So, here are this week's director dealings from three of the…

Read more »

Passive income text with pin graph chart on business table
Investing Articles

2 lesser-known stocks with 10% dividend yields!

With sky-high inflation, sizeable dividend yields can help my portfolio grow. These two stocks are paying 10% on average.

Read more »

Businessman pulling out wooden brick from toppling stack
Investing Articles

Is the Woodbois share price a bargain – or a value trap?

The Woodbois share price has seen big swings recently. Our writer considers why and explains his response.

Read more »

Electric cars charging in station
Investing Articles

Here’s why NIO stock is my top EV pick!

NIO stock had been one of the worst-performing shares over the last year, but it appears to have bottomed out.…

Read more »

Risk reward ratio / risk management concept
Investing Articles

The JD Wetherspoon share price has fallen 45% — should I load up?

The JD Wetherspoon share price has shed almost half its value in the past year. Should our writer buy another…

Read more »

Light trails from traffic moving down The Mound in central Edinburgh, Scotland during December
Investing Articles

Down 50%, is the Scottish Mortgage share price a bargain in plain sight?

The Scottish Mortgage share price has lost half its value in recent months. Is it now a bargain for our…

Read more »

Smiling young man sitting in cafe and checking messages, with his laptop in front of him.
Investing Articles

A cheap UK share for the cybersecurity boom!

I'm backing this UK share after its share price collapsed this week. In fact, I've recently added this cybersecurity stock…

Read more »