Shares that like/dislike May

Shares that like May

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

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Babcock International Group 6.0
Cranswick 4.6
3i Group 4.1
Severn Trent 3.6

Shares that dislike May

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in May over the last ten years. For example, Taylor Wimpey has an average return of -11.0% for the month of May. All five stocks have fallen in May in at least eight of the past yen years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Taylor Wimpey -11.0
Petra Diamonds Ltd -8.4
Workspace Group -4.9
Sainsbury (J) -3.6
Stagecoach Group -3.3

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong May stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak May stocks by an average of 10.8 percentage points in May for the past ten years.

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FTSE 350 share performance in 1H 2013

The following table shows the top ten performing shares in the FTSE 350 Index for the first six months of 2013.

Company TIDM Chng 1H 2013(%)
Ocado Group 244.3
Thomas Cook Group 210.7
Xaar 180.3
easyJet 69.3
Bank of Georgia Holdings 62.1
CSR 61.5
3i Group 55.4
Ted Baker 53.0
Ashtead Group 51.4
Barratt Developments 49.1

And the following table shows the worst ten performing shares in the FTSE 350 Index for the first six months of 2013.

Company TIDM Chng 1H 2013(%)
African Barrick Gold Ltd -78.2
Hochschild Mining -68.0
Kazakhmys -66.7
Evraz -62.7
Polymetal International -61.4
Fresnillo -52.2
Ferrexpo -47.0
FirstGroup -43.5
Antofagasta -40.0
Anglo American -33.2

 

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Shares that like/dislike May

Shares that like May

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best historic returns in May over the last ten years. For example, AVEVA has an average return of 10.3% for the month of May. Each stock has risen in at least eight of the past ten years in May – AVEVA is the only stock in the FTSE 350 that has risen in nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
AVEVA Group 10.3
3i Group 6.4
Babcock International Group 5.7
Pennon Group 3.1
Severn Trent 2.8

A portfolio of these five stocks would have out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every May over the last ten years with an average out-performance of 6.2 percentage points each May.

Shares that dislike May

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst historic returns in May over the last ten years. For example, Taylor Wimpey has an average return of -10.8% for the month of May. Each stock has fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in May.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Taylor Wimpey -10.8
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) -7
Barclays -6.4
Workspace Group -5.3
Old Mutual -4.2

A portfolio of these five stocks would have under-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every May over the last ten years with an average under-performance of 5.9 percentage points each May.

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Financial 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 Financial Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Financial Services sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the Financial Services sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 2.3 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months are January and March – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in the past 13 years in January.
  2. The weakest month has been February – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in this month in the last 13 years.

The 23 stocks in the FTSE 350 Financial Services sector [NMX8770] are-

3i Group [III] Investec [INVP]
Aberdeen Asset Management [ADN] IP Group [IPO]
Ashmore Group [ASHM] Jupiter Fund Management [JUP]
Brewin Dolphin Holdings [BRW] London Stock Exchange Group [LSE]
Close Brothers Group [CBG] Man Group [EMG]
F&C Asset Management [FCAM] Paragon Group of Companies (The) [PAG]
Hargreaves Lansdown [HL.] Provident Financial [PFG]
Henderson Group [HGG] Rathbone Brothers [RAT]
ICAP [IAP] Schroders [SDR]
IG Group Holdings [IGG] SVG Capital [SVI]
Intermediate Capital Group [ICP] Tullett Prebon [TLPR]
International Personal Finance [IPF]
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