• Introduction: Momentum vs. Mean Reversion
  • Future Performance of the Biggest Recent Losers
  • Can the Kailash Rankings Help Differentiate Between Future Winners and Losers?
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: November’s Biggest Losers with December Rank Data

Introduction: Momentum vs. Mean Reversion

Recently, a long-time client asked us about the wisdom of buying stocks that have been beaten down in hopes for a rebound if investors have overreacted and unfairly punished these stocks too much. This was of particular interest to the client as it was his perception that market volatility has recently increased and the market seems to be punishing stocks more for disappointments. This interesting question raises important investment topics including momentum and mean reversion.

Given the interest in the topic, we felt that this was worthwhile to research and write this short and hopefully helpful note. It might seem intuitive that shopping among the market’s biggest losers is a good idea if only because there is a finite boundary to downside momentum. This note attempts to evaluate the wisdom of shopping among the stocks with the worst recent performance. Overall, we found that investors would be best served avoiding or even shorting the biggest losers over the previous 1-6 months. We also found that the Kailash Capital (“Kailash”) Rankings Tool was very helpful in differentiating between the stocks among the biggest recent losers that would rebound and those that would continue to underperform further.

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The topics discussed in this article are aimed at seasoned professionals, as such, we have included some extra reading for anyone seeking out more information related to the topics above.

  1. Click the following to read more about Are Energy Stocks Undervalued, Mean Reversion Trading Strategy


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December 8, 2015 |

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December 8, 2015

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