Shares that like/dislike March

Shares that like March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in March over the last ten years. For example, The Restaurant Group has an average return of 12.4% for the month of March. All stocks have risen in March for at least nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Restaurant Group (The) 12.4
Intertek Group 8.9
Cobham 5.3
Berendsen 5.3
Victrex 2.8

 Shares that dislike March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in March over the last ten years. For example, Renishaw has an average return of -4.4% for the month of March. All five stocks have fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in March.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Renishaw -4.4
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) -3.5
PZ Cussons -2.9
HSBC Holdings -2.7
Smiths Group -2.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong March stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak March stocks by an average of 10.1 percentage points in March for the past ten years.

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Personal Goods 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 Personal Goods sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Personal Goods 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 July.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been April and July – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in July since 1999.
  2. The sector has no consistently weak months; although the sector has under-performed the market by an average of 0.2 percentage points in December, the sector has actually out-performed the market that month in nine of the past 14 years.

The four stocks in the FTSE 350 Personal Goods sector [NMX3760] are-

Burberry Group [BRBY] SuperGroup [SGP]
PZ Cussons [PZC] Ted Baker [TED]
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