RPS Group [RPS] – 27 years on the LSE

On this day in 1987 RPS Group listed on the LSE.

Monthly seasonality of RPS Group

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average RPS Group has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 5.1 percentage points in March.
Average monthly performance of RPS Group [RPS] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for RPS Group shares relative to the market has been March (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 16 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for RPS Group relative to the market has been October (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 9 of the past 26 years).

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

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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.

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