Nonlife Insurance 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 Nonlife Insurance sector.

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

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for the sector has nominally been Novermber, however the market has only risen in 7 of the last 14 years, so the sector is not reliably strong in November.
  2. The weakest month has been March – the sector has out-performed the market only four times in march in the last 13 years.

The nine stocks in the Nonlife Insurance sector are-

Admiral Group [ADM] Hiscox Ltd [HSX]
Amlin [AML] Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group [JLT]
Beazley [BEZ] Lancashire Holdings Ltd [LRE]
Catlin Group Ltd [CGL] RSA Insurance Group [RSA]
Direct Line Insurance Group [DLG]
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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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