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Explore These 5 Momentum Stocks Using Driehaus Strategy

BP, AIG, KMI, LOB, and RLGY are the momentum stocks that passed the screen for the Driehaus Strategy.

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Investors, who have the propensity to take higher risks, can place their bets on momentum stocks to boost their gains. In this respect, the Driehaus strategy can be used to choose the best momentum stocks using the “buy high and sell higher" theory. Eventually, Richard Herman Driehaus earned his place in Barron’s All-Century Team following the success of this investment strategy.

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The American Association of Individual Investors (“AAII”) proved that the strategy has the potential to offer high returns. Thus, investors with a high-risk appetite might give the Driehaus strategy a shot to boost their returns.

A Detailed Look Into the Driehaus Strategy

Regarding the strategy, Driehaus once said: “I would much rather invest in a stock that’s increasing in price and take the risk that it may begin to decline than invest in a stock that’s already in a decline and try to guess when it will turn around.” In line with this insight, AAII took into account the percentage 50-day moving average as one of the key criteria before creating a portfolio following Driehaus’ philosophy.

It is calculated by dividing the numerator (month-end price minus 50-day moving average of month-end price) by the 50-day moving average of the month-end price. Another momentum indicator — positive relative strength — has also been included in this strategy. A positive percentage 50-day moving average indicates that the stock is trading at a price higher than its 50-day moving average level, indicating an uptrend.

Moreover, AAII found that Driehaus primarily focuses on strong earnings growth rates and impressive earnings projections to pick potential outperformers. Companies with a strong history of beating estimates are also given importance in this strategy, which was made to provide better returns over the long term.

Screening Parameters

In order to make the strategy more profitable, we have considered only those stocks that have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and a Momentum Score of A or B. Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

• Zacks Rank equal to #1

No matter whether the market is good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

• Last 5-year average EPS growth rates above 2%

Strong EPS growth history ensures improving business

• Trailing 12-month EPS growth greater than 0 and industry median

Higher EPS growth compared to the industry average indicates superior earnings performance

• Last four-quarter average EPS surprise greater than 5%

Solid EPS surprise history indicates better price performance

• Positive percentage change in 50-day moving average and relative strength over 4 weeks

Positive percentage change in 50-day moving average and relative strength signal uptrend

• Momentum Score equal to or less than B        

A favorable momentum score indicates that it is ideal to take advantage of the momentum with the highest probability of success.

These few parameters have narrowed down the universe of over 7,679 stocks to only 23.

Here are five of the 23 stocks:

BP p.l.c. BP is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas as well as refining, marketing, supply and transportation, and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals. It has a Momentum Score of A. The trailing four-quarter earnings surprise is 43.4%, on average.

American International Group, Inc. AIG is a provider of insurance products for commercial, institutional, and individual customers. It has a Momentum Score of B and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 15.1%, on average.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. KMI is engaged in energy transportation and storage in North America. It has a Momentum Score of B. The trailing four-quarter earnings surprise is 48.6%, on average.

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. LOB is the bank holding company for Live Oak Banking Company. It has a Momentum Score of B and a four-quarter earnings surprise of more than 100%, on average.

Realogy Holdings Corp. RLGY is a provider of residential real estate services. It has a Momentum Score of A and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 29.8%, on average.

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Disclosure: Officers, directors and/or employees of Zacks Investment Research may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material. An affiliated investment advisory firm may own or have sold short securities and/or hold long and/or short positions in options that are mentioned in this material.

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