After a good start to the year that continued into Q2 after the rebalancing of the basket in March, stock markets in general - including in the UK - started to lose strength and trade in a choppy, sideways fashion. Such markets do not suit momentum driven strategies/stocks, and the environment subsequently took its toll on the performance of the RRG® UK Momentum+ share basket, causing an underperformance of around 5%.
However, going into Q4 the RRG® model selected 10 new stocks that are exhibiting strong, relative momentum.
The constituents come from six different sectors:
- Financials: Investec, Brewin Dolphin, and M&G
- Communication Services: Future
- Industrials: IMI and PageGroup
- Healthcare: Indivior
- Materials: Elementis
- Consumer Discretionary: Frasers group and TI Fluid systems
This results in a very diversified basket which, in the light of the current market choppiness, could prove to be a good thing going into Q4.
The RRG® Momentum+ range
In April, we added six new baskets to the RRG® Momentum+ range.
These new baskets cover the following indexes:
- SPX 500
- NDAQ 100
- Australia 200
- US Growth 1000
- Hong-Kong Large Cap
- Germany Large 100
The strategy that will be applied to these groups is the same RRG® Momentum+ strategy used for the initial UK 350 RRG® Momentum+ basket.
These baskets started trading halfway into April, so they had little chance to come to life and little history. The research that we did for all those baskets however shows strong results over longer time periods. So, we’re excited to track their development going into the new quarter.
One of the new baskets selects its constituents from the SPX 500 index. Going into the new quarter these stocks are included in the recently launched SPX 500 RRG® Momentum+ basket.
This basket also has constituents from 6 sectors:
- Information Technology: DXC Technology, Gartner Inc, and Seagate Technology
- Consumer Discretionary: Ford
- Healthcare: IQVIA Holdings, Charles River Laboratories
- Financials: Discover Financial Services,First Republic bank
- Communication Services: Google,
- Consumer Staples: Archer Daniels Midland
The Technology sector is heavily represented with 3 stocks. All in all, this basket is also a mix between more defensive and offensive sectors without a clear bias towards one or the other.
This composition is probably a good indication and representation of the current ‘mixed’ state of equity markets.
Disclaimer Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
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