Friday, Dec 15
2017 has so far shown some mild gains when it comes to stock market returns. At the time of writing the index has returned 7.07%. The largest gains have come from support services, travel and leisure, and house builders.
2017 has also been a year cluttered with companies warning on future profits. Companies such as Provident Financial, Centrica, and BT Group have been hit the hardest.
Throughout the year we have published reports on our favourite stocks to buy and we are now looking back to reflect on our performance.
The chart above is based on an investment of £5,000 into each recommendation we have made in via our ëStock Pickí Reports in 2017. Links to each of them can be found at the bottom of the report.
The entry points are based on the opening price on the day of the published recommendation and no costs have been factored into the performance figures.
THE BEST BITS
The best returns of the year came from the riskiest picks. IQE and Bango both featured in our small cap report in February.
FTSE250 stocks Evraz, Halma and Bodycote all produced returns in excess of 35% whereas on the main market Worldpay Group, Antofagasta and Meggit were our biggest winners.
Remember that Capital is at Risk.
THE WORST BITS
Our largest loser was also a recommendation on the riskier end of the spectrum. Safestyle UK is over 30% lower.
FTSE 250 stocks Drax Group, Cineworld Group and Polymetal International were also among the poor performers.
On the main market Merlin Entertainments, G4S, Barclays and Reckitt Benckiser Group seriously underperformed, remember that Capital is at Risk.
Overall the returns for our picks were over 3x better than those provided from the FTSE100.
All positions would have had stop losses, and therefore, losses will more than likely have been cut earlier than those displayed. On the flip side, profits may have also been cut earlier than stated.
We are pleased with the quality of our recommendations and remain confident of picking high- quality investments again in 2018.
Keep an eye out for our top 10 stock picks for 2018.
At Sequant Capital we use a range of methods to find investment opportunities. Our Head Analyst Joe has built a bespoke ranking model for stocks, which takes into account over 20 different metrics. These are then divided into 5 sub categories to provide us with a snap shot on each security.
By taking this quantitative approach we can quickly highlight candidates for investment using fundamental data..
Here is an example of the radar charts that we use.
Once armed with this information we then study the historic price action over multiple timeframes to provide expert timing on entries and exits.
BEST & WORST PERFORMING SECTORS YTD ñ FTSE ALL-SHARE
ABOUT THE TOP 5 STOCKS
IQE PLC is an international supplier of advanced wafer products, operating in Europe, Asia and the USA. Most of its income comes via the Wireless sector.
is an investment holding company engaged with the sales of mobile phone
payment systems. It operates internationally|
Evraz PLC is engaged in the production and distribution of steel and related products and coal and ore mining.
Halma PLC is involved in improving the quality of life for people, including process safety, infrastructure safety, medical and environment analysis.
Worldpay Group PLC is UK based and provides payments processing technology and solutions for its merchant customers.
Always remember that investment value can fall as well as rise and past performance is not an indicator of future performance.DOWNLOAD FULL DOCUMENT