Title: How smart is the strategy of investing in 52-week high hitting stocks with past positive net profit in Indian market?
Authors: Amita Sharma; Aparna Mehra
Addresses: Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India ' Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India
Abstract: We aim to investigate if the stocks recently hitting their 52-week high points along with consistent performance in past few quarters offer attractive opportunities in building a portfolio. We first identify the stocks hitting their 52-week high points, their prices have not fallen below 30% of their peak positions along with the criterion of last four quarters positive net profit. These stocks are called the 'filtered stocks'. The 12 years period of study from April 2001-December 2012 on CNX-200 index shows that the filtered stocks generally do not outperform the remaining stocks in return earnings except when the future period is 'bearish'. Next, we construct optimal portfolios from the filtered stocks and the remaining stocks. The optimal portfolios from the former are able to produce positive returns on many instances of bearish periods, while the same is not true for the optimal portfolios from the remaining stocks and CNX-200.
Keywords: portfolio construction; 52-week high hitting; net quarterly profit; Fama and MacBeth; cross-section regression; India; filtered stocks; stock markets.
International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance, 2014 Vol.4 No.4, pp.325 - 337
Received: 29 Jan 2014
Accepted: 20 Oct 2014
Published online: 22 Feb 2015 *