Shares that like/dislike February

Shares that like February

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in February over the last ten years. For example, Fidessa has an average return of 15.1% for the month of February. Each stock has risen in February in nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Fidessa Group 15.1
Croda International 9.6
Savills 9.5
BG Group 6.7
Bunzl 6.5

Shares that dislike February

The following table lists the two FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in February over the last ten years. For example, AstraZeneca has an average return of -3.7% for the month of February. Both these two stocks have fallen in February in eight of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
AstraZeneca -3.7
Vodafone Group -2.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong February stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak February stocks by an average of 12.6 percentage points in February for the past ten years.

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Software & Computer Services 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 Software & Computer Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Software & Computer Services 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 4.4 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and August – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in January in the last 13 years.
  2. The weakest month has been April – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in April in the last 13 years.

The nine stocks in the FTSE 350 Software & Computer Services sector [NMX9530] are-

Anite [AIE] Micro Focus International [MCRO]
AVEVA Group [AVV] Sage Group (The) [SGE]
Computacenter [CCC] SDL [SDL]
Fidessa Group [FDSA] Telecity Group [TCY]
Invensys [ISYS]
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Shares that like/dislike February

Shares that like February

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best historic returns in February over the last ten years. For example, Fidessa has an average return of 14.9% for the month of February. Each stock has risen in nine of the past ten years in February.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Fidessa Group FDSA 14.9
Imagination Technologies Group IMG 13.5
Croda International CRDA 9.6
Xstrata XTA 8.3
Provident Financial PFG 7.0

A portfolio of these five stocks would have out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every February over the last ten years with an average out-performance of 9.5 percentage points each February.

Shares that dislike February

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst historic returns in February over the last ten years. For example, AstraZeneca has an average return of -3.5% for the month of February. Each stock has fallen in at least seven of the past ten years in February.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Greene King GNK -1.4
AVEVA Group AVV -1.5
Vodafone Group VOD -1.7
BTG BTG -2.5
AstraZeneca AZN -3.5

A portfolio of these five stocks would have under-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every February over the last ten years with an average under-performance of 3.3 percentage points each February.

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