Shares that like/dislike April

Shares that like April

The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in April over the last ten years. For example, Menzies has an average return of 12.6% for the month of April. Each stock has risen in April in nine of the past ten years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Menzies (John) 12.6
Xaar 10.0
Diploma 6.8
Royal Dutch Shell 5.6
Severn Trent 4.1

Shares that dislike April

The following table lists the four FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in April over the last ten years. For example, Balfour Beatty has an average return of -4.1% for the month of April. All four stocks have fallen in April in at least eight of the past yen years.

Company TIDM Avg(%)
Balfour Beatty -4.1
Centamin -2.8
Shire -0.8
UNITE Group 0.5

An equally-weighted portfolio of the above strong April stocks would have out-performed every year an equally-weighted portfolio of the above weak April stocks by an average of 9.6 percentage points in April for the past ten years.

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FTSE 350 share performance in 1H 2013

The following table shows the top ten performing shares in the FTSE 350 Index for the first six months of 2013.

Company TIDM Chng 1H 2013(%)
Ocado Group 244.3
Thomas Cook Group 210.7
Xaar 180.3
easyJet 69.3
Bank of Georgia Holdings 62.1
CSR 61.5
3i Group 55.4
Ted Baker 53.0
Ashtead Group 51.4
Barratt Developments 49.1

And the following table shows the worst ten performing shares in the FTSE 350 Index for the first six months of 2013.

Company TIDM Chng 1H 2013(%)
African Barrick Gold Ltd -78.2
Hochschild Mining -68.0
Kazakhmys -66.7
Evraz -62.7
Polymetal International -61.4
Fresnillo -52.2
Ferrexpo -47.0
FirstGroup -43.5
Antofagasta -40.0
Anglo American -33.2

 

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