2014 1Q market review – comparative performance of FTSE 350 sectors

The following chart shows the performance of the FTSE 350 stock sectors in the first quarter 2014.

FTSE 350 sector performance 2014 1Q26 of the 38 sectors out-performed the FTSE 100 Index in the first quarter of 2014.

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

FTSE 350 Sector TIDM Rtn 2014 1Q (%)
General Retailers 11.2
Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution 11.1
Real Estate Investment & Services 7.8
Construction & Materials 7.4
Health Care Equipment & Services 7.1
Real Estate Investment Trusts 5.3
Electricity 5.0
Automobiles & Parts 4.6
Household Goods 4.1
Food Producers 3.4
Tobacco 3.2
Gas, Water & Multiutilities 3.0
Industrial Engineering 2.5
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 2.5
Chemicals 2.2
Financial Services 2.2
Software & Computer Services 2.2
Support Services 1.8
Industrial Transportation 1.7
Mining 1.4
Nonlife Insurance 1.2
Travel & Leisure 0.5
Equity Investment Instruments 0.3
Forestry & Paper 0.3
Fixed Line Telecommunications 0.2
Life Insurance -1.9
FTSE 100 -2.2
Oil & Gas Producers -2.6
Technology Hardware & Equipment -4.0
Beverages -5.7
Media -5.9
Electronic & Electrical Equipment -6.1
Personal Goods -6.2
Banks -8.8
General Industrials -8.8
Aerospace & Defense -9.3
Mobile Telecommunications -10.3
Food & Drug Retailers -11.0
Industrial Metals -24.7

 

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Strong/weak sectors in January

Strong sectors

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

Sector TIDM
Construction & Materials
General Industrials
Health Care Equipment & Services
Media
Software & Computer Services

Weak sectors

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

Sector TIDM
Beverages
Food & Drug Retailers
Food Producers
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2013 market review – comparative performance of FTSE 350 sectors

The following chart shows the performance of the FTSE 350 stock sectors in 2013.

FTSE 350 sector returns in 201326 of the 38 sectors out-performed the FTSE 100 Index in the year, with 24 sectors increasing over 20%. Only three sectors saw negative returns in 2013.

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

FTSE 350 Sector TIDM Rtn 2013 (%)
Automobiles & Parts 63.2
Fixed Line Telecommunications 61.8
Forestry & Paper 56.2
Mobile Telecommunications 52.7
Financial Services 42.3
Real Estate Investment & Services 41.4
Travel & Leisure 38.1
Aerospace & Defense 37.6
Life Insurance 36.0
Household Goods 35.1
Technology Hardware & Equipment 35.1
Media 34.9
General Industrials 33.9
General Retailers 32.6
Industrial Transportation 30.7
Industrial Engineering 27.5
Support Services 26.6
Personal Goods 26.2
Software & Computer Services 25.6
Health Care Equipment & Services 25.0
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 24.8
Construction & Materials 23.4
Chemicals 21.5
Electronic & Electrical Equipment 21.3
Real Estate Investment Trusts 15.1
Equity Investment Instruments 14.6
FTSE 100 14.4
Food Producers 13.7
Beverages 11.7
Nonlife Insurance 11.4
Oil & Gas Producers 8.1
Gas, Water & Multiutilities 8.0
Banks 7.8
Food & Drug Retailers 6.5
Electricity 3.6
Tobacco 2.3
Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution -6.3
Mining -16.4
Industrial Metals -48.6

Performance of UK sectors in 2012

 

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Strong/weak sectors in August

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

Sector TIDM
Food & Drug Retailers
Gas, Water & Multiutilities
Health Care Equipment & Services
Household Goods
Software & Computer Services

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

Sector TIDM
Chemicals

 

 

 

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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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Software & Computer 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 Software & Computer Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Software & Computer 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 4.4 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and August – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in January in the last 13 years.
  2. The weakest month has been April – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in April in the last 13 years.

The nine stocks in the FTSE 350 Software & Computer Services sector [NMX9530] are-

Anite [AIE] Micro Focus International [MCRO]
AVEVA Group [AVV] Sage Group (The) [SGE]
Computacenter [CCC] SDL [SDL]
Fidessa Group [FDSA] Telecity Group [TCY]
Invensys [ISYS]
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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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