Shares that like November

Shares that have been strong November

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in November over the last ten years. For example, Babcock has an average return of 4.6% for the month of November. Each stock has risen in at least eight of the past ten years in November.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Babcock International Group 4.6
Compass Group 4.5
CRH 4.3
BT Group 5.3
Greene King 4.8

A portfolio of these four stocks would have out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in November in nine of the last ten years with an average out-performance of 5.2 percentage points each November.

Shares that have been weak November

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in November over the last ten years. For example, Vedanta Reseources has an average return of -10.5% for the month of November. Each stock has fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in November.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Vedanta Resources -10.5
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) -8.7
Tullett Prebon -7.8
Ashmore Group -5.3
Standard Chartered -3.7

A portfolio of these five stocks would have under-performed the FTSE 350 Index in November in eight of the last last ten years with an average under-performance of 6.7 percentage points each November.

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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 November (2014)

Shares that like November

The following table lists the four FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in November over the last ten years. For example, Greene King has an average return of 6.0% for the month of November. Each stock has risen in at least nine of the past ten years in November.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Greene King 6.0
Babcock International Group 5.8
Shire 4.7
Compass Group 4.6

Shares that dislike November

The following table lists the three FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in November over the last ten years. For example, Tullet Prebon has an average return of -7.3% for the month of November. All three stocks have fallen in eight of the past ten years in November.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Tullett Prebon -7.3
Lloyds Banking Group -5.5
CSR -3.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong November stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak November stocks by an average of 10.7 percentage points in November 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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The Stock Market in July

After a usually disappointing May and June, shares tend to perform a bit better in July, but not by much. July ranks 9th of all months for performance. On average the market increases 0.8% in July, with a probability of a positive return of 55%.

The accompanying chart plots the percentage performance of the FTSE All Share Index for each July since 1982. For example, last year in 2012 the market rose 1.2% in July. In the last 20 years the market has risen 11 times in July.

The market has risen on the first trading day of July 69% of years since 1984 – making it the strongest first trading day of any month. And the strength has tended to continue for the first week of trading (making it one of the strongest weeks in the year). After that, the market has a propensity to drift lower for a couple of weeks until finishing strongly in the final week of the month.

Sectors and stocks

Although this may not be an exciting month for the overall market, there can be a fair degree of divergence of performance at the sector level. Historically the sectors that have been strong in July are Chemicals, Personal Goods and Real Estate Investment Trusts while weak sectors have been Gas, Water & Multiutilities, Support Services and Beverages.

At the stock level, the following companies seem to like July: Experian, Greene King, Imagination Technologies, and Senior – these shares have risen in at least nine of the last ten years in July (Greene King is the only FTSE 350 stock whose shares have risen every July since 2003). While the two worst performing shares in July over the last ten years have been Petra Diamonds and Serco.

IPOs

July has been the most active month for flotations; over 50 of the companies in the FTSE 350 Index have had their IPOs in this month. (Perhaps this is to allow company founders to go shopping for yachts in the summer months?) One such July IPO was for Antofagasta which floated on 5 July 1982; coincidentally, in recent years July has been the best month for the company’s shares. The longest-listed company with a July flotation date is one of the odder companies on the LSE – Law Debenture Corporation.

Diary

The date to watch this month is 4 July when the MPC interest rate announcement will be made, and the New York Stock Exchange will be closed (Independence Day).

Article first appeared in Money Observer.

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Shares that like/dislike July

Shares that like July

The following table lists the four FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in July over the last ten years. For example, Greene King has an average return of 6.6% for the month of July. Each stock has risen in at least nine of the past ten years in July – Greene King is the only stock in the FTSE 350 whose shares have risen every July in the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Experian 3.4
Greene King 6.6
Imagination Technologies Group 7.2
Senior 6.0

A portfolio of these four stocks would have out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in July in nine of the last ten years with an average out-performance of 4.4 percentage points each July.

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 -5.8% for the month of July. Both stocks have fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in July.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Petra Diamonds Ltd -5.8
Serco Group -2.6

 

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Travel & Leisure 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 Travel & Leisure sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Travel & Leisure 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 2.1 percentage points in November.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been November and December – the sector has under-performed the market only three times in November in the last 14 years.
  2. The sector has no consistently weak months; although the sector has under-performed the market by an average of 2.6 percentage points in October, the sector has actually out-performed the market that month in eight of the past 14 years.

The 23 stocks in the FTSE 350 Travel & Leisure sector [NMX5750] are-

Betfair Group [BET] Ladbrokes [LAD]
Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment [BPTY] Marston’s [MARS]
Carnival [CCL] Millennium & Copthorne Hotels [MLC]
Compass Group [CPG] Mitchells & Butlers [MAB]
Domino’s Pizza UK & IRL [DOM] National Express Group [NEX]
easyJet [EZJ] Playtech Ltd [PTEC]
Enterprise Inns [ETI] Rank Group (The) [RNK]
FirstGroup [FGP] Restaurant Group (The) [RTN]
Go-Ahead Group (The) [GOG] Stagecoach Group [SGC]
Greene King [GNK] TUI Travel [TT.]
InterContinental Hotels Group [IHG] Wetherspoon (J D) [JDW]
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA [IAG]
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Greene King [GNK] – 58 years on the LSE

On this day in 1955 Greene King 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 Greene King has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 1.6 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months for Greene King relative to the market have been June, July and November (the shares have out-performed the market in June in 15 of the last 19 years).
  2. Greene King shares have been weak relative to the market in may, February and October; the shares have only out-performed the market in October in seven of the past 19 years.

 

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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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