The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) has staged a nice rebound today, rising 0.3% to 5,742 points.
The energy and financial sectors have been the clear outperformers today, with many of the biggest losers coming from the gold sector.
A number of shares have performed particularly strongly today, including:
Vita Group Limited (ASX: VTG)
The Vita Group share price has surged more than 7.7% today after the telecommunications retailer posted a 10% increase in first-half earnings. Perhaps more pleasing for investors was the 60% increase in the interim dividend to 9.2 cents per share. Despite the positive result, Vita Group has flagged that profit growth could slow in the second half as a result of recent contract negotiations with Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS).
Worleyparsons Limited (ASX: WOR)
The Worleyparsons share price has jumped more than 30% today after the energy services company revealed it had received a $11.80 per share takeover bid last November. The offer came from Dubai-based engineering firm, Dar Group, but was rejected on the basis that it materially undervalued the company. Dar Group has since purchased a large stake in Worleyparsons and now is the company’s biggest shareholder with a 13.35% interest in the company.
Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: CGC)
The Costa Group share price has climbed another 4% today as investors continue to cheer the company’s better-than-expected first-half result. Not only did the agricultural company deliver a 35% increase in first-half underlying net profit after tax (NPAT), it also upgraded its FY17 NPAT guidance from growth of at least 15%, to growth of approximately 25%. The shares have now gained around 16% over the last four trading sessions and are now trading at an all-time record high of $4.10.
Catapult Group International Ltd (ASX: CAT)
The Catapult share price has surged more than 7.6% today, despite the sports technology company announcing a first-half underlying NPAT loss of $2.24 million. It appears the market has shrugged off the disappointing bottom-line result and is instead focusing on the surge in top-line sales figures. Investors will have also been pleased with Catapult re-affirming its FY17 guidance for revenue of between $61 million to $65.5 million. Despite today’s gains, the shares have still fallen around 43% over the past six months.
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