Here’s why these 4 shares smashed the market today

The All Ordinaries (INDEX:^AXAO)(ASX:XAO) continued to rise today after yesterday’s turnaround marked the end of a week-long sell off.

As one might expect, a significant portion of companies rose today, but these four businesses all outperformed the wider index. Here’s why:

Senex Energy Ltd (ASX: SXY) rose 9.6% to $0.137 after the company announced it had signed an agreement with Santos Ltd’s (ASX: STO) Gladstone LNG (GLNG) project that will see Senex selling gas to GLNG for the next 20 years.

The agreement is likely to provide solid cash-flow to Senex, although as the terms of the agreement were not disclosed there is likely to be some uncertainty among shareholders as to whether now (with gas prices at very low levels) is the best time to be signing a 20-year supply agreement.

Nearmap Ltd (ASX: NEA) soared 10.6% to $0.415 after the company announced that it had successfully met its previous guidance for revenue of between $28m and $32m by December 2015, coming in at the bottom end of the range as at the end of November.

Importantly, the company recently announced it had installed a paywall on its services in the US (meaning users now have to pay) which is likely to see the company deliver its first US revenue growth in 2016.

Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) lifted 4.5% to $36.69 following a 1% rise yesterday after management announced it had made a buyout offer for US travel agency Travelonomy Limited in a bid to broaden its US market presence.

The acquisition will also increase Flight Centre’s presence in the booming student/youth travel market, which is worth an estimated $180 billion per annum. Despite the recent rise, Flight Centre shares look to be a solid purchase today, and could make for a solid dividend/growth investment.

Last but not least, Caltex Australia Limited (ASX: CTX) gained 6% to $36.51 after a trading update revealed the company expected to post a profit after tax substantially higher than last year, and also expected to be able to pay down ~$300m of its ~$700m debt.

It’s no surprise, then, to see that shares have risen, although I’m not sure the company is a great long-term investment. While it is likely to be able to generate increased profits over the next few years, it also carries a significant amount of risk from competition as it increasingly becomes a petrol retailer rather than a pure refiner.

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Motley Fool contributor Sean O'Neill owns shares of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited, Nearmap Ltd., and Senex Energy Limited. Unless otherwise noted, the author does not have a position in any stocks mentioned by the author in the comments below. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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