The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the best returns in March over the last ten years. For example, Aggreko has an average return of 11.7% for the month of March. Each stock has risen in March in at least nine of the past ten years; Intertek is the only FTSE 350 company whose shares have risen in every March for the past ten years.
The following table lists the five FTSE 350 shares that have the worst returns in March over the last ten years. For example, Aviva has an average return of -7.7% for the month of March. All five stocks have fallen in March in at least eight of the past yen years.
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 13.7 percentage points in March for the past ten years.
The FTSE 100 Index was launched on 3 January 1984. The market capitalisation weighted FTSE 100 index replaced the price-weighted FT30 Index as the performance benchmark for most investors.
The following chart shows the price performance of the FTSE 100 Index 1984-2013. A simple linear trendline has been added.
The index was launched in 1984 with a value of 1000 and closed 2013 at 6749. This is an increase of 575% over the 30 years, giving an annual growth of 6.57%.
The trendline calculates a value of 6695 for the end of 2013, which is just 54 points away from the actual value (less than 1% difference). As can be seen in the chart, the FTSE 100 Index is pretty much bang on its long-term (since 1984) trend.
Fascinating Footsie Facts
Number of companies in index
Market capitalisation, average (£m)
Market capitalisation, standard deviation
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Number of companies paying a dividend
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Dividend yield, standard deviation
PE ratio, average
PE ratio, standard deviation
Turnover, average (£m)
Turnover growth last five years, average (%)
Turnover to capitalisation ratio, average
Number of companies making a profit
Profit, average (£m)
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Profit / turnover, average (%)
Current ratio, average
Net cash, average (£m)
Net cash, sum total (£m)
Price to net cash ratio, average
Net borrowings, average (£m)
Net borrowings, sum total (£m)
Net gearing, average
Interest cover, average
ROCE, average (%)
ROCE, standard deviation
The following table shows the 30 original companies that are still in the Index today. (The 19 italicised companies have been in the index continuously since launch.)
The following chart plots the average monthly out-performance of the shares over the FTSE 100 Index since 1990. For example, on average Aviva has out-performed the FTSE 100 by 1.1 percentage points in April.
The strongest month for Aviva shares relative to the market has been April (the shares have out-performed the market in this month in 9 of the last 23 years).
The weakest month for Aviva relative to the market has been March (the shares have only out-performed the market in this month in 7 of the past 23 years).
The 2013 edition of the Almanac looks at the historic monthly performance of the FTSE 350 sectors. Here we look at the Life Insurance sector.
The following chart plots the average out-performance of the FTSE 350 Life Insurance sector over the FTSE 100 Index by month since 1999. For example, since 1999 on average the Life Insurance sector has out-performed the FTSE 100 Index by 2.1 percentage points in November.
The strongest months have been November and December – the sector has under-performed the market only twice in December in the last 14 years.
The weakest months have been May and October – the sector has out-performed the market only three times in May in the last 14 years.
The eight stocks in the FTSE 350 Life Insurance sector [NMX8570] are-