Industrial Metals & Mining 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 Industrial Metals & Mining sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Industrial Metals & Mining 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 12.0 percentage points in January.

NB. This sector currently comprises only two stock. There is no historic data for two periods of a few months when the sector had no constituents.


  1. The strongest month has been January – the sector has under-performed the market only three times in January since 1999.
  2. The weakest month has been September – the sector has out-performed the market only four times in September since 1999.

The two stocks in the FTSE 350 Industrial Metals & Mining sector [NMX1730] are-

Evraz [EVR]
Ferrexpo [FXPO]
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Strong/weak sectors in September

Strong sectors

The following table lists the sectors that have historically been strong in September.

Sector TIDM
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Food & Drug Retailers
Mobile Telecommunications

Weak sectors

And the following table lists the sectors that have been weak in this month.

Sector TIDM
Industrial Engineering
Aerospace & Defense
General Retailers
Electronic & Electrical Equipment
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Technology Hardware & Equipment
Industrial Metals
Automobiles & Parts


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FTSE 350 sector performance in first half 2013

The following chart shows the performance of the FTSE 350 sectors in the first six months of 2013.

The data for the above chart are given in the following table.

FTSE 350 Sector TIDM Chng 1H 2013 (%)
Automobiles & Parts 31.7
Fixed Line Telecommunications 30.1
Household Goods 26.0
Real Estate Investment & Services 25.1
Aerospace & Defense 23.2
Forestry & Paper 22.2
Mobile Telecommunications 21.4
Travel & Leisure 18.2
Financial Services 18.0
General Retailers 17.2
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 16.8
Software & Computer Services 16.4
Media 14.0
Industrial Transportation 13.5
Support Services 12.4
Food Producers 12.0
Life Insurance 11.9
Industrial Engineering 11.0
General Industrials 10.8
Personal Goods 9.2
Nonlife Insurance 8.1
Beverages 7.8
Electricity 7.3
Health Care Equipment & Services 7.0
Equity Investment Instruments 7.0
Gas, Water & Multiutilities 6.2
FTSE 100 5.4
Construction & Materials 5.3
Banks 5.2
Tobacco 4.6
Real Estate Investment Trusts 4.3
Technology Hardware & Equipment 3.7
Chemicals 3.5
Food & Drug Retailers 2.5
Oil & Gas Producers 2.0
Electronic & Electrical Equipment -3.8
Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution -7.9
Mining -26.5
Industrial Metals -58.4




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Performance of UK sectors in 2012

The following chart shows the performance of the FTSE 350 stock sectors in 2012.

29 of the 38 sectors out-performed the FTSE 100 Index, with 26 sectors increasing over 10% in the year.

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