Shares that like/dislike March

Shares that like March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in March over the last ten years. For example, The Restaurant Group has an average return of 12.4% for the month of March. All stocks have risen in March for at least nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Restaurant Group (The) 12.4
Intertek Group 8.9
Cobham 5.3
Berendsen 5.3
Victrex 2.8

 Shares that dislike March

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in March over the last ten years. For example, Renishaw has an average return of -4.4% for the month of March. All five stocks have fallen in at least eight of the past ten years in March.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Renishaw -4.4
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The) -3.5
PZ Cussons -2.9
HSBC Holdings -2.7
Smiths Group -2.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong March stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak March stocks by an average of 10.1 percentage points in March for the past ten years.

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Chemical sector starts its 9-month out-performance of the FTSE 100

The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. The following chart looks at the chemicals sector.

The chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Chemicals sector over the FTSE 100 Index since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the chemicals sector has out-performed the FTSE Index by 1.5 percentage points in January.

Observations:

  1. The strongest month for the chemicals sector has been July; while the weakest has been September.
  2. From November, the chemicals sector has a continuous 9-month run of out-performing the general market.

The seven stocks in the FTSE 350 Chemicals sector [NMX1350] are:

Croda Intl. [CRDA] Morgan Crucible [MGCR]
Elementis [ELM] Victrex [VCT]
Filtrona [FLTR] Yule Catto [YULC]
Johnson Matthey [JMAT]
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