The fear contagion currently washing across global share markets may have spread to the FTSE 250 in Friday business. But a solid set of trading numbers has enabled Victrex (LSE:VCT) to defy the gloom, and it was last dealing 1% higher on the day.
The polymer manufacturer declared that it has "made a strong start to its 2018 financial year," adding that it has enjoyed "continuing positive performance in the Industrial business, offset by a slightly weaker performance in Medical."
While many companies enjoyed stellar share price rises over 2017, separating those that will continue to climb in the next year from those that may retrace is no easy task for investors. But here are two companies that I think have a better chance than most of falling into the former category.
Today's Q1 trading update from £1.3bn cap specialised technical products and services supplier Diploma (LSE:DPLM) gives some indication as to why the company became rather popular with investors over the second half of last year.