Shares that like/dislike December (2014)

Shares that like December

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in December over the last ten years. For example, G4S has an average return of 6.3% for the month of December. All stocks, except Ashtead, have risen in every December for the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
G4S 6.3
Balfour Beatty 6.1
William Hill 5.0
Witan Investment Trust 4.8
Ashtead Group 13.4

Shares that dislike December

The following table lists the two FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in December over the last ten years. For example, Rank Group has an average return of -4.2% for the month of December. Both stocks have fallen in seven of the past ten years in December.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Randgold Resources Ltd -1.8
Rank Group (The) -4.2

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong December stocks would have out-performed every year, except 2008, an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak December stocks by an average of 10.1 percentage points in December for the past ten years.

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Bounceback Portfolio 2014 – Result

The idea of the Bounceback Portfolio is that a portfolio of the 10 worst performing FTSE 350 stocks in one year has historically beaten the index in the first three months of the following year. The selection of the Bounceback Portfolio stocks for 2014 was described in this earlier post.

The following chart shows the performance of the stocks in the Bounceback Portfolio 2014 over the first three months of the year.

Performance of Bounceback Portfolio 2014The portfolio as a whole increased 9.2% in the first quarter 2014, which beat the -1.6% return for the FTSE 350 Index.

This means the Bounceback Portfolio strategy has now beaten the index in 12 of the past 13 years (the one failure was last year).

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The Bounceback Portfolio for 2014

The 2013 edition of the Almanac explained the Bounceback Strategy, whereby a portfolio of the 10 worst performing stocks in the FTSE 350 in one year is held for the first three months of the following year.

The following table lists the 10 worst performing FTSE 350 stocks in 2013 (i.e. these comprise the Bounceback Portfolio for 2014).

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Kazakhmys -71.9
Fresnillo -59.6
African Barrick Gold Ltd -57.8
Evraz -56.8
Imagination Technologies Group -55.0
Polymetal International -51.1
Perform Group -43.3
Essar Energy -39.3
Antofagasta -37.8
Randgold Resources Ltd -36.3

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