It’s been a good first half of the year for AIM stocks, as London’s junior market put to bed any fears that small-caps would go to the wall in the pandemic.
While the FTSE 100 rose 8.9% in the first six months of the year, the FTSE AIM All-Share has almost matched that with a 7.9% increase, despite a lacklustre performance by the market’s big names; the FTSE AIM 100 has managed just a 3.9% gain so far this year, and the market’s top 10 performers have all come from outside AIM’s flagship index.
Proof, perhaps, that the market remains a stock-picker’s arena, the list of the top performers is dominated by resource stocks and yet the FTSE Basic Resources index has been this year’s worst performer, with a 17% decline, followed by the Energy index, down 8.3%.
Technology stocks also feature prominently in the list of best performers and yet the FTSE AIM Technology sector is down 2.7% this year.
The best performing sectors have been Media (+39%), Automobiles (+27%) and Financial Services (+25%).
Ride like the wind
Congratulations to you if you invested in Zephyr Energy at the tail-end of 2020; the stock has moved like the wind, in a northerly direction, rising 569%, with much of that rise coming in the last six weeks or so on the back of positive news flow.
Sector peer Petroneft, up 562%, gave Zephyr a good run for its money.
The top dog in the minerals sector was Premier African Minerals, where shareholders’ patience has been rewarded by a 356% share price surge after it received the formal grant of an exclusive prospecting order covering the company’s Zulu Lithium and Tantalum claims in Zimbabwe.
In the technology sector, Quantum Blockchain Technologies was the best performer, rising 306%. The company was formerly known as Clear Leisure but the change of direction has clearly excited the market.
The top 10 does not feature many companies that have obviously benefited from the changing landscape caused by the pandemic and concomitant lockdowns, but AudioBoom appears to be one.
Up 243%, shares in the podcast company have been chased higher after the company upgraded full-year revenue expectations.