Shares that like/dislike October

Shares that like October

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in October over the last ten years. For example, Diageo has an average return of 3.6% for the month of October. Each stock has risen in at least eight of the past ten years in October – Diageo is the only stock in the FTSE 350 whose shares have risen every October in the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Diageo 3.6
Restaurant Group (The) 3.3
easyJet 11.6
Brewin Dolphin Holdings 6.4
Tate & Lyle 4.8

Shares that dislike October

The following table lists the three FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in October over the last ten years. For example, Grainger has an average return of -8.3% for the month of October. All three stocks have fallen in eight of the past ten years in October.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Grainger -8.3
Dialight -3.0
Worldwide Healthcare Trust -1.8

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong October stocks would have out-performed an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak October stocks by an average of 10.3 percentage points in October for the past ten years.

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Grainger [GRI] – 29 years on the LSE

On this day in 1984 Grainger listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1994. For example, on average Grainger has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 1.8 percentage points in March.

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Grainger relative to the market has been December (the shares have out-performed the market in December in 12 of the last 19 years).
  2. Grainger shares have been weak relative to the market in October; the shares have only out-performed the market in October in 6 of the past 19 years.

 

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