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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General Industrials 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 General Industrials sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 General Industrials sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 2006. For example, since 2006 on average the General Industrials sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 3.7 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and March – the sector has out-performed the market every year in January since 2006.
  2. The weakest months have been May and November – the sector has out-performed the market only twice in May in the last seven years.

The five stocks in the General Industrials sector are-

Rexam [REX] Smiths Group [SMIN]
RPC Group [RPC] Vesuvius [VSVS]
Smith (DS) [SMDS]
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