Shares that like/dislike April

Shares that like April

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in April over the last ten years. For example, Menzies has an average return of 12.6% for the month of April. Each stock has risen in April in nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Menzies (John) 12.6
Xaar 10.0
Diploma 6.8
Royal Dutch Shell 5.6
Severn Trent 4.1

Shares that dislike April

The following table lists the four FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in April over the last ten years. For example, Balfour Beatty has an average return of -4.1% for the month of April. All four stocks have fallen in April in at least eight of the past yen years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Balfour Beatty -4.1
Centamin -2.8
Shire -0.8
UNITE Group 0.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong April stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak April stocks by an average of 9.6 percentage points in April for the past ten years.

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Support 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 Support Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Support 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 1.2 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and December – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in December in the last 14 years.
  2. The weakest month has been July – the sector has out-performed the market only four times in July in the last 14 years.

The 23 stocks in the FTSE 350 Support Services sector [NMX2790] are-

Aggreko [AGK] Filtrona [FLTR]
Ashtead Group [AHT] G4S [GFS]
Atkins (W S) [ATK] Hays [HAS]
Babcock International Group [BAB] Homeserve [HSV]
Berendsen [BRSN] Howden Joinery Group [HWDN]
Bunzl [BNZL] Interserve [IRV]
Capita Group (The) [CPI] Intertek Group [ITRK]
Carillion [CLLN] Menzies (John) [MNZS]
De La Rue [DLAR] Michael Page International [MPI]
Diploma [DPLM] MITIE Group [MTO]
Electrocomponents [ECM] PayPoint [PAY]
Experian [EXPN]
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