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10 Best Performing Stocks of 2014

Which companies have returned the most to investors since January? We reveal those stocks that have beaten their peers in 2014

Emma Wall 29 December, 2014 | 12:33PM

Technology and pharmaceuticals have blazed ahead of other UK stocks this year, posting positive returns for investors where other sectors have struggled to break even. Housebuilders have also profited from the continued economic policies to help home buyers in the UK.

Using Morningstar Direct to rank the largest stocks in the UK, we reveal the best performing companies of 2014, starting with the stock whose share price has increased the most.

Dixons Carphone (DC.)

Dixons Carphone PLC is an electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company. The Company offers electrical and mobile products, supported by after sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals (HIK)

Headquartered in Jordan, Hikma manufactures and sells generic pharmaceuticals. It operates under three divisions: branded products, injectables, and global genetics.

Shire PLC (SHP)

Shire is an Ireland-based specialty biopharmaceutical firm with a focus on neuroscience, rare diseases, and gastrointestinal and internal medicine.

Ashtead Group (AHT)

Ashtead Group PLC is an equipment rental company with national networks in the US and the UK. It rents construction and industrial equipment across a variety of applications to a diverse customer base.

United Utilities (UU.)

United Utilities is one of 11 U.K. water utilities, and will invest roughly £1.6 billion during the next two years in its water and wastewater system to upgrade Britain’s water infrastructure.

London Stock Exchange (LSE)

Headquartered in its namesake city, London Stock Exchange Group PLC operates equity markets in the U.K. and in Italy. The company also runs derivatives and fixed-income trading businesses.

Smith & Nephew (SN.)

Smith & Nephew designs, manufactures, and markets orthopedic devices and wound-care solutions.

Barratt Developments (BDEV)

Barratt is engaged in acquiring and developing land, planning, designing and constructing residential property developments and selling the homes it builds.

Associated British Foods (ABF)

Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group. It is engaged in the processing and manufacturing of food and textile retailing.

AstraZeneca (AZN)

The company sells branded pharmaceutical products across several major therapeutic classes, including gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and infectious disease.

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Securities Mentioned in Article
Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Ashtead Group PLC1,780.06 GBX-0.16-
Associated British Foods PLC3,207.61 GBX-0.14
AstraZeneca PLC4,885.78 GBX2.46
Barratt Developments PLC593.28 GBX0.56-
Dixons Carphone PLC174.99 GBX0.05-
Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC1,121.73 GBX-1.08
London Stock Exchange Group PLC3,782.88 GBX0.05
Shire PLC3,827.24 GBX0.65
Smith & Nephew PLC1,314.13 GBX0.09
United Utilities Group PLC858.59 GBX-0.51
About Author Emma Wall

Emma Wall  is Web Editor for Morningstar.co.uk.