Shares that like/dislike March

Shares that like March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in March over the last ten years. For example, The Restaurant Group has an average return of 12.4% for the month of March. All stocks have risen in March for at least nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Restaurant Group (The) 12.4
Intertek Group 8.9
Cobham 5.3
Berendsen 5.3
Victrex 2.8

 Shares that dislike March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in March over the last ten years. For example, Renishaw has an average return of -4.4% for the month of March. All five stocks have fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in March.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Renishaw -4.4
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) -3.5
PZ Cussons -2.9
HSBC Holdings -2.7
Smiths Group -2.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong March stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak March stocks by an average of 10.1 percentage points in March for the past ten years.

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Support Services 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 Support Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Support Services sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 1.2 percentage points in January.

Observations:

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

The 23 stocks in the FTSE 350 Support Services sector [NMX2790] are-

Aggreko [AGK] Filtrona [FLTR]
Ashtead Group [AHT] G4S [GFS]
Atkins (W S) [ATK] Hays [HAS]
Babcock International Group [BAB] Homeserve [HSV]
Berendsen [BRSN] Howden Joinery Group [HWDN]
Bunzl [BNZL] Interserve [IRV]
Capita Group (The) [CPI] Intertek Group [ITRK]
Carillion [CLLN] Menzies (John) [MNZS]
De La Rue [DLAR] Michael Page International [MPI]
Diploma [DPLM] MITIE Group [MTO]
Electrocomponents [ECM] PayPoint [PAY]
Experian [EXPN]
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