Stocks with the best recent annual performance

The following table shows the seven FTSE All-Share stocks that have had the highest number of consecutive positive annual returns to end 2014. The last column gives the number of years of consecutive positive returns.

For example, Dechra Pharmaceuticals has not had a down year since 2003, and so has had 12 consecutive years of positive returns up to 2014.

Company TIDM Index Consec +ve Yrs
Dechra Pharmaceuticals DPH FTSE Mid 250 12
Compass Group CPG FTSE 100 9
Worldwide Healthcare Trust WWH FTSE Mid 250 8
Booker Group BOK FTSE Mid 250 8
Barr (A G) BAG FTSE Mid 250 7
Biotech Growth Trust (The) BIOG FTSE Small Cap 7
BTG BTG FTSE Mid 250 7

After these seven stocks, there have been 34 FTSE All-Share stocks that have had positive annual returns for the past six years.

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Beverages 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 Beverages sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Beverages 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 1.9 percentage points in November.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been June and November – the sector has under-performed the market only three times in November in the last 14 years.
  2. The weakest months have been January and July – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in July in the last 14 years.

The four stocks in the FTSE 350 Beverages sector [NMX3530] are-

Barr (A G) [BAG] Diageo [DGE]
Britvic [BVIC] SABMiller [SAB]
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Barr (A G) [BAG] – 43 years on the LSE

On this day in 1970 Barr (A G) listed on the LSE.

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1994. For example, on average Barr (A G) has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 5.2 percentage points in January.
Average monthly performance of Barr (A G) [BAG] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1994-2012)
Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Barr (A G) shares relative to the market has been January (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 14 of the last 19 years).
  2. The weakest month for Barr (A G) relative to the market has been November (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 6 of the past 19 years).

 

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