General Industrials 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 General Industrials sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 General Industrials sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 2006. For example, since 2006 on average the General Industrials sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 3.7 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and March – the sector has out-performed the market every year in January since 2006.
  2. The weakest months have been May and November – the sector has out-performed the market only twice in May in the last seven years.

The five stocks in the General Industrials sector are-

Rexam [REX] Smiths Group [SMIN]
RPC Group [RPC] Vesuvius [VSVS]
Smith (DS) [SMDS]
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