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5 Momentum Stocks Following Driehaus' Rule

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Momentum strategies have always grabbed the attention of risk loving investors due to their potential to yield solid returns. However, choosing a fruitful strategy may prove to be difficult as the risk level is pretty high. Hence, it may be a wise thing to follow well known investment gurus like Richard Driehaus, who is a pioneer in momentum investing, to avoid picking wrong strategies.

Driehaus' proven high profitability strategy made him popular throughout the investment world. Several well-known organizations including Barron recognized him as one of the top investors. Hence, we have developed a stock picking screen following Driehaus' strategy, which has a proven track record of yielding high returns.

Driehaus' Momentum Strategy

After studying Driehaus' strategy thoroughly, AAII came to the conclusion that companies with impressive earnings growth rates and the potential to maintain the positive trend are its main focus. In addition to that, Driehaus gave precedence to those companies that have a solid track of beating expectations. Moreover, the strategy works better for longer time periods.

Driehaus had said in an interview: "That means buying stocks that have already had good moves and have high relative strength - that is, stocks in demand by other investors. 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."

How to Apply the Strategy

Based on Driehaus' approach, we have created a screen for picking solid momentum stocks. In it, we have added positive relative strength as an important criterion. Then, we have followed it up with the percentage 50-day moving average - which 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 month-end price). 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.

Screening Parameters

In order to make the strategy more profitable, we have considered only those stocks that have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong 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

(Only Strong Buy rated stocks can get through. 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 higher than 0 and industry median

(Higher EPS growth compared to the industry average indicates superior stocks.)

Last four-quarter average EPS surprise greater than 5%

(Positive EPS surprise indicates potential.)

Positive % 50-day moving average and relative strength over 4 weeks

(High % 50-day moving average and relative strength signal uptrend.)

Momentum Score equal to or less than B

(Favorable momentum score indicates that it is ideal to take advantage of the momentum with the highest probability of success.)

These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 7,700 stocks to only 12.

Here are five of the 12 stocks:

NVE CorporationNVEC is a recognized leader in the practical commercialization of spintronics. The company has a Momentum Score of 'A' and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 14.1%.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.GS is a global investment banking and securities firm. The company has a Momentum Score of 'A' and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 15.3%.

Thor Industries, Inc.THO manufactures a wide range of recreational vehicles (RVs). The company has a Momentum Score of 'B' and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 24.1%.

Rogers CorporationROG manufactures and sells specialty polymer composite materials and components. The company has a Momentum Score of 'B' and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 37.2%.

Cincinnati Financial CorporationCINF offers property and casualty insurance. The company has a Momentum Score of 'B' and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 11.8%.

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