Momentum Ideas: Biotech Stocks on Winning Streaks

Momentum Ideas: Biotech Stocks on Winning Streaks

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Do you like to invest with a stock's momentum trends? One idea is to find stocks on winning streaks relative to a market index such as the S&P 500. (STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Follow Kapitall on Twitter)

To find stocks on winning streaks, we ran a screen beginning with those stocks seeing a persistence of days in which the stock beat the S&P 500 and little persistence of days in which it underperformed the S&P 500. We measured this by the ratio of days of its longest winning streak over the past month over the number of days of its longest losing streak.

Investors follow momentum trends because as information moves throughout the market, positive sentiment on a company can cause momentum to persist, although this does not always happen.

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The results of this screen are below – these biotech stocks have seen a high persistence of days in beating the S&P 500 over the last month, and little persistence of days in underperforming the S&P 500 over the same period.

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“1. AVI Biopharma, Inc. (AVII, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Focuses on the discovery and development of RNA-based therapeutics for the treatment of rare and infectious diseases. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 2.11% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 9 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 9 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 3 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 3).

 

“2. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BCRX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, optimizes, and develops small-molecule pharmaceuticals that block key enzymes involved in infectious diseases, cancer, and inflammatory diseases. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 0.86% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 6 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 6 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 2 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 3).

 

“3. Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INFI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the discovery and development of medicines for the treatment of cancer and other conditions in the United States. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 2.35% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 4 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 4 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 1 day (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 4).

 

 

(Written by Alexander Crawford. Price data sourced from Yahoo! Finance.)

 

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