FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Quarterly Review – March 2017

After market close on 1 March 2017 FTSE Russell confirmed the following changes to the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indices. The changes will be implemented at the close Friday, 17 March 2017 and take effect from the start of trading on Monday, 20 March 2017.

FTSE 100

Joining: Scottish Mortgage IT [SMT], Rentokil Initial [RTO]

Leaving: Capita [CPI], Dixons Carphone [DC.]

FTSE 250

Joining: Northgate [NTG], Sanne Group [SNN], Syncona [SYNC]

Leaving: Brown N [BWNG], CMC Markets [CMCX], International Personal Finance [IPF]

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Shares that like/dislike July

Shares that like July

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Elementis has an average return of 7.6% for the month of July. All stocks have risen in July for at least nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Elementis 7.6
Brown (N) Group 6.9
Greene King 6.8
Shire 6.0
Land Securities Group 5.1

 Shares that dislike July

The following table lists the two FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in July over the last ten years. For example, IP Group has an average return of -4.1% for the month of July. Both stocks have fallen in at least seven of the past ten years in July.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
IP Group -4.1
SSE -2.0

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong July stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak July stocks by an average of 9.3 percentage points in July for the past ten years.

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Shares that like/dislike July

Shares that like July

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Greene King has an average return of 7.3% for the month of July. Each stock has risen in July in nine of the past ten years, while Greene King is the only FTSE 350 stock to have risen in July for all the last ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Pace 17.6
Greene King 7.3
Brown (N) Group 6.7
Wetherspoon (J D) 5.2
Dairy Crest Group 4.7

Shares that dislike July

The following table lists the two FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Petra Diamonds has an average return of -6.6% for the month of July. Both stocks have fallen in July in eight of the past yen years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Petra Diamonds Ltd -6.6
Man Group -1.6

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong July stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak July stocks by an average of 12.4 percentage points each July for the past ten years.

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General retailers start their weakest month of the year

The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. Here we look at the general retailers sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 general retailers sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the general retailers sector has out-performed the FTSE Index by 1.7 percentage points in February.

Observations:

  1. The strongest month of the year for the sector is February, and the weakest is December.
  2. After two strong months early in the year (February and March) the relative performance of the sector steadily declines for the rest of the year.

The 20 stocks in the FTSE 350 General Retailers sector [NMX5370] are-

Brown (N) Group  [BWNG] Kingfisher  [KGF]
Carpetright  [CPR] Marks & Spencer  [MKS]
Debenhams  [DEB] Moneysupermarket  [MONY]
Dignity [DTY] Next  [NXT]
Dixons Retail  [DXNS] Ocado  [OCDO]
Dunelm  [DNLM] Paypoint  [PAY]
Halfords  [HFD] Sports Direct  [SPD]
Home Retail  [HOME] SuperGroup  [SGP]
Inchcape  [INCH] TUI Travel  [TT.]
JD Sports  [JD.] WH Smith  [SMWH]
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