FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Quarterly Review – December 2017

After market close on 29 November 2017 FTSE Russell confirmed the following changes to the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indices. The changes will be implemented at the close Friday, 15 December 2017 and take effect from the start of trading on Monday, 18 December 2017.

FTSE 100

Joining: Smith (DS) [SMDS], Just Eat [JE.], Halma [HLMA]

Leaving: ConvaTec Group [CTEC], Merlin Entertainments [MERL], Babcock International Group [BAB]

FTSE 250

Joining: BCA Marketplace [BCA], F&C Global Smaller Companies [FCS], Purecircle [PURE], RHI Magnesita [RHIM], TI Fluid Systems [TIFS]

Leaving: Electra Private Equity [ELTA], Nostrum Oil & Gas [NOG], PayPoint [PAY], P2P Global Investments [P2P], Restaurant Group [RTN]

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Smith (DS) [SMDS] – 28 years on the LSE

On this day in 1986 Smith (DS) listed on the LSE.

Monthly seasonality of Smith (DS)

The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1988. For example, on average Smith (DS) has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 3.0 percentage points in December.

Average monthly performance of Smith (DS) [SMDS] relative to the FTSE 100 Index (1988-2013)

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for Smith (DS) shares relative to the market has been December (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 14 of the last 25 years).
  2. The weakest month for Smith (DS) relative to the market has been March (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 12 of the past 25 years).

Smith (DS) is in the FTSE 350 General Industrials [NMX2720] sector.

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General Industrials 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 General Industrials sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 General Industrials sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 2006. For example, since 2006 on average the General Industrials sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 3.7 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and March – the sector has out-performed the market every year in January since 2006.
  2. The weakest months have been May and November – the sector has out-performed the market only twice in May in the last seven years.

The five stocks in the General Industrials sector are-

Rexam [REX] Smiths Group [SMIN]
RPC Group [RPC] Vesuvius [VSVS]
Smith (DS) [SMDS]
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