Software & Computer 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 Software & Computer Services sector.

The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Software & Computer 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 4.4 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest months have been January and August – the sector has under-performed the market only four times in January in the last 13 years.
  2. The weakest month has been April – the sector has out-performed the market only five times in April in the last 13 years.

The nine stocks in the FTSE 350 Software & Computer Services sector [NMX9530] are-

Anite [AIE] Micro Focus International [MCRO]
AVEVA Group [AVV] Sage Group (The) [SGE]
Computacenter [CCC] SDL [SDL]
Fidessa Group [FDSA] Telecity Group [TCY]
Invensys [ISYS]
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