Hunting [HTG] – 28 years on the LSE

On this day in 1985 Hunting 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 Hunting has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 5.7 percentage points in February.

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

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Hunting 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 Hunting relative to the market has been November (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 7 of the past 25 years).

Hunting is in the FTSE 350 Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution [NMX0570] sector.

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Bunzl [BNZL] – 56 years on the LSE

On this day in 1957 Bunzl 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 Bunzl has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 3.9 percentage points in February.

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

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Bunzl shares relative to the market has been February (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 17 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Bunzl relative to the market has been December (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 8 of the past 25 years).

Bunzl is in the FTSE 350 Support Services [NMX2790] sector.

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Taylor Wimpey [TW.] – 66 years on the LSE

On this day in 1947 Taylor Wimpey 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 Taylor Wimpey has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 7.4 percentage points in February.

Average monthly performance of Taylor Wimpey [TW.] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2012)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Taylor Wimpey shares relative to the market has been February (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 19 of the last 24 years).
  2. The weakest month for Taylor Wimpey relative to the market has been May (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 6 of the past 23 years).

Taylor Wimpey is in the FTSE 350 Household Goods & Home Construction [NMX3720] sector.

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Sector performance in first two months of 2013

The following chart shows the performance of the FTSE 350 sectors in the first two months of 2013.

Performamce of FTSE 350 sectors in first two months of 2013

19 sectors increased by over 10% in the period. The only sector that did not rise in the two-month period was Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution.

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Last trading day of February

Tomorrow (Thursday 28 Feb) will be the last trading day (LTD) of February.

As explained in the 2013 edition of the Almanac the LTDs of months used to be stronger than average, but in recent years they have been weak. This is quite different from the first trading days of months which strongly out-perform the average for all days, and where the effect has strengthened in recent years.

Since 1984 the February LTD has been the second weakest of any month, with an average return on the day of -0.09%. In the last 13 years the market has only risen three times on the February LTD .

The following chart shows the FTSE 100 Index returns for every February LTD since 1984.

FTSE 100 returns on the last trading day of February (1984-2012)

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