In a remarkable turnaround, Thomas Cook Group PLC (TCG.LN) has gained the headlines last week by staging a record rise in the value of its shares. Stocks in the travel company rocketed up by almost 11% to 107.7p, its highest increase in a single day’s trading since March and the highest overall increase in the FTSE 250 index on that day (Wednesday 25th November). The stock continued to climb to 117.90p on the close of Friday 27th November. The surge in value of the travel agent was driven by the publication of its annual profits which revealed the group had netted £19 million pounds in after tax profits. It was the first profit recorded by the company in five years and compares especially well with last year’s results, when the group posted a loss of £115m.