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 June

Shares that like June

The following table lists the four FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in June over the last ten years. For example, Halma has an average return of 7.3% for the month of June. Each stock has risen in at least nine of the past ten years in June – Halma and Synergy are the only two stocks in the FTSE 350 whose shares have risen every June in the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
BT Group 3.7
Halma 7.3
Synergy Health 13.8
Ted Baker 4.2

A portfolio of these four stocks would have out-performed the FTSE 350 Index in June in nine of the last ten years with an average out-performance of 7.9 percentage points each June.

Shares that dislike June

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in June over the last ten years. For example, Land Securities has an average return of -3.6% for the month of June. Each stock has fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in June.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Barclays -4.8
Land Securities Group -3.6
Rotork -2.3
United Utilities Group -4.1
Vesuvius -4.7

A portfolio of these five stocks would have under-performed the FTSE 350 Index in every June over the last ten years with an average under-performance of 3.2 percentage points each June.

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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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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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Shares that don’t like December

The 2013 edition of the Almanac lists the 21 companies that have risen nine times or more in the last ten years in the month of December – the shares that like December.

Below is a table of the the seven stocks that dislike December – each stock has fallen in at least 8 of the past 10 Decembers – with their average returns for all Decembers since 2002.

Company Avg (%)
CML Microsystems -5.04
HMV Group -7.03
Quarto Group (The) Inc -4.71
Rank Group (The) -4.42
SkyePharma -3.53
Thorntons -6.31
Wincanton -4.81

A portfolio of these seven stocks would have under-performed the FTSE All Share Index in every December since 2002 with an average under-performance of 7.4% each December.

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