Laird [LRD] – 65 years on the LSE

On this day in 1949 Laird listed on the LSE.

Monthly seasonality of Laird

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Laird has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 4.0 percentage points in August.
Average monthly performance of Laird [LRD] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Laird shares relative to the market has been August (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 18 of the last 26 years).
  2. The weakest month for Laird relative to the market has been November (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 10 of the past 25 years).

Laird is in the FTSE 350 Technology Hardware & Equipment [NMX9570] sector.

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BT Group [BT.A] – 29 years on the LSE

On this day in 1984 BT Group listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average BT Group has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.1 percentage points in June.

Average monthly performance of BT Group [BT.A] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for BT Group shares relative to the market has been June (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 16 of the last 26 years).
  2. The weakest month for BT Group relative to the market has been August (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 10 of the past 26 years).

BT Group is in the FTSE 350 Fixed Line Telecommunications [NMX6530] sector.

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Rio Tinto [RIO] – 40 years on the LSE

On this day in 1973 Rio Tinto listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Rio Tinto has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.6 percentage points in February.

Average monthly performance of Rio Tinto [RIO] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Rio Tinto shares relative to the market has been February (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 15 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Rio Tinto relative to the market has been August (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 10 of the past 26 years).

Rio Tinto is in the FTSE 350 Mining [NMX1770] sector.

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Johnson Matthey [JMAT] – 71 years on the LSE

On this day in 1942 Johnson Matthey listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Johnson Matthey has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.1 percentage points in February.

Average monthly performance of Johnson Matthey [JMAT] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations

  1. The strongest month for Johnson Matthey shares relative to the market has been February (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 16 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Johnson Matthey relative to the market has been August (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 11 of the past 25 years).

Johnson Matthey is in the FTSE 350 Chemicals [NMX1350] sector.

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Smith & Nephew [SN.] – 62 years on the LSE

On this day in 1951 Smith & Nephew listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Smith & Nephew has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.4 percentage points in June.

Average monthly performance of Smith & Nephew [SN.] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations

  1. The strongest month for Smith & Nephew shares relative to the market has been June (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 16 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Smith & Nephew relative to the market has been August (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 9 of the past 25 years).

Smith & Nephew is in the FTSE 350 Health Care Equipment & Services [NMX4530] sector.

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Average market behaviour in August

The following chart plots the average performance of the FTSE 100 Index during August since 1984 (more info on this type of chart).

Average behaviour of the FTSE 100 Index in August

As can be seen, on average the market tends to trade flat for the first couple of weeks and then to rise gently in the second half of the month.


July 2013

The average chart for June was posted a month ago here. The following reproduces that chart and overlays the actual FTSE 100 for July 2013.

 

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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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First trading day of August

Tomorrow, Thursday, will be the first trading day (FTD) of August.

As explained in the 2013 edition of the Almanac, the market has a tendency to be strong on the FTD of a month. And this effect has been even more pronounced in recent years.

Since 1984, the FTSE 100 Index has risen on average 0.03% on the August FTD – ranking it 7th of all the monthly FTDs. The index has had a positive return on this day in 62% of years since 1984.

The following chart shows the returns for every August FTD since 1984.

First trading day of the FTSE 100 Index in August

 

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Close Brothers Group [CBG] – 51 years on the LSE

On this day in 1962 Close Brothers Group listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Close Brothers Group has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 3.8 percentage points in August.

Average monthly performance of Close Brothers Group [CBG] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations

  1. The strongest month for Close Brothers Group shares relative to the market has been August (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 19 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Close Brothers Group relative to the market has been July (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 9 of the past 25 years).

Close Brothers Group is in the FTSE 350 Financial Services [NMX8770] sector.

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Antofagasta [ANTO] – 31 years on the LSE

On this day in 1982 Antofagasta listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Antofagasta has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 2.0 percentage points in August.

Average monthly performance of Antofagasta [ANTO] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Antofagasta shares relative to the market has been August (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 14 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Antofagasta relative to the market has been May (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 9 of the past 24 years).

Antofagasta is in the FTSE 350 Mining [NMX1770] sector.

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