Strong/weak sectors in December

Strong sectors

The table below lists the sectors that have historically out-performed the market in December.

Sector TIDM
Construction & Materials
Life Insurance
Support Services
Travel & Leisure

Weak sectors

The following table lists the sectors that have been weak in December.

Sector TIDM
Banks
General Retailers
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

 

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Strong/weak sectors in November

Strong sectors

The table below lists the sectors that have historically out-performed the market in November.

Sector TIDM
Life Insurance
Media
Mining
Technology Hardware & Equipment
Travel & Leisure

Weak sectors

The following table lists the sectors that have been weak in November.

Sector TIDM
Aerospace & Defense
Banks
General Industrials
Oil & Gas Producers
Real Estate Investment Trusts

 

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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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Banks 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 Banks sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Banks sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the sector has under-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 2.1 percentage points in December.

Observations:

  1. The sector has no consistently strong months; although the sector has out-performed the market by an average of 2.1 percentage points in April, the sector has actually under-performed the market that month in eight of the past 13 years.
  2. The weakest months have been November and December – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in December in the last 14 years.

The six stocks in the FTSE 350 Banks sector [NMX8350] are-

Bank of Georgia Holdings [BGEO] Lloyds Banking Group [LLOY]
Barclays [BARC] Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) [RBS]
HSBC Holdings [HSBA] Standard Chartered [STAN]
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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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