Why did the AMP share price surge 8% in November?

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November was a good month for AMP Ltd (ASX: AMP) share price. Indeed, it hit many 52-week highs throughout the course of the month.

After closing October at $1.26, shares in the financial services company rose 7.94% to finish November trading at $1.36.

Over the period, it hit a low of $1.245 and a high of $1.365. At the time, that marked the stock’s highest point since March 2021.  

So, what helped drive the AMP share price to outperform in November? Let’s take a look.

What went right for the AMP share price last month?

Shares in AMP took off alongside the broader market last month. While the stock soared 8%, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) lifted 6.13%, and the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) – AMP’s home sector – rose 1.14%.

Interestingly, there was no price-sensitive word from AMP. Though, some non-price-sensitive news from the company might have pricked the ears of investors.

AMP revealed the sale of its Collimate Capital businesses would miss their previously predicted November completion due to regulatory delays on 15 November.

The company announced Collimate’s domestic business would be sold to Dexus Property Group (ASX: DXS) and its international business to DigitalBridge way back in April.

AMP shareholders are expected to receive most of the proceeds from the sales in the form of capital returns.

November also saw the company reveal the appointment of its new chief financial officer (CFO), Peter Fredricson. Fredricson has previously held CFO roles at former ASX 200 energy giant Oil Search and APA Group (ASX: APA).

Finally, as of the end of November, AMP has snapped up nearly $230 million worth of its own shares as part of the $350 million on-market buyback announced in August. The buyback is part of a $1.1 billion capital return.

Share price snapshot

Including last month’s positive momentum, the AMP share price is trading 33% higher year to date. It has also gained 45% since this time last year. The embattled stock is still 75% lower than it was five years ago, however.

For comparison, the ASX 200 has fallen 4% year to date, gained 1% over the last 12 months, and lifted 22% over the last five years.

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