Growth vs Value: Continued Wide Disparity in 2015 Returns

Readers know that as a huge fan of Bespoke Research, I like to copy and paste some of their work to this blog as a source of reader enlightenment (hopefully).

Yesterday’s Bespoke Key ETF performance recap (dated November 30, 2015), which we like to scrutinize at every week, month and quarter end, continues to show that “SP 500 Growth” continues to far outperform “SP 500 Value” mainly due to the out-performance in the Technology sector, Amazon (AMZN is a consumer Discretionary component) and the drubbing in Energy and Basic Materials sectors. (First column, 2nd box – look at the returns of the Growth vs Value ETF’s – you’ll get the point.)

Personally, the FANG trade (i.e. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) looks extended and way overbought, but you could have said that at any point in the last 180 days.

I told a client at a meeting in the last 2 weeks, that Facebook could pull all the way back to the low $80’s and still be technically intact.

What has surprised me about this year and the “Growth vs Value” return disparity, is that this dispersion typically happens in markets where the SP 500 has a pretty decent year, i.e. +10% – 15%. Normally in flat years, or weaker years, Value tends to do better, if memory services correctly.

Note the disparity in the 10 SP 500 sector returns (first column, 3rd block) – Energy and Industrial’s could be the sleeper sector for 2016 if only by being “less worse”.

Personally, while Growth could still do well in 2016, I suspect Value won’t under-perform to the same degree in 2016.

Look for this performance disparity to dissipate in 2016, maybe even reverse.





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