Food Producers sector monthly seasonality analysis

The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. Here we look at the Food Producers sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Food Producers sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the Food Producers sector has under-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 2.2 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have beem May and November – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in the past 14 years in May.
  2. The weakest month has been January – the sector has out-performed the market only four times in January in the last 13 years.

The six stocks in the FTSE 350 Food Producers sector [NMX3570] are-

Associated British Foods [ABF] Devro [DVO]
Cranswick [CWK] Tate & Lyle [TATE]
Dairy Crest Group [DCG] Unilever [ULVR]
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