A Snapshot of Growth vs. Value Investing

 
View from the Observation Deck  

  1. Today's blog post is an update of one we do on an ongoing basis. Investors can compare today's snapshot to the one we did on 6/13/17 (click here to view). 
  2. Growth style investing tends to outpace value style investing when the earnings growth rates of companies accelerate faster than the broader market, such as right after the economy exits a recession.
  3. In today's chart, the S&P 500 Pure Growth Index outperformed its value counterpart in four of the six periods. Growth investing topped value investing for the 15-year, 10-year, 3-year and year-to-date periods through 8/11/17.
  4. The returns were as follows (Pure Value vs. Pure Growth): 15-yr. average annualized (11.72% vs. 12.75%); 10-yr. average annualized (8.51% vs. 10.99%); 5-yr. average annualized (16.67% vs. 16.10%); 3-yr. average annualized (6.55% vs. 8.77%); 1-yr. (14.24% vs. 13.27%) and Y-T-D (4.62% vs. 15.02%). 
  5. As indicated in the chart, investors have clearly favored large-capitalization (cap) growth stocks over large-cap value stocks year-to-date through 8/11/17. S&P 500 Index earnings and revenue growth were both strong in Q2'17, in our opinion.
  6. In Q2'17, with 459 companies having reported results, 78.2% have beat their consensus earnings estimates, according to Bloomberg. S&P 500 Index earnings were up 9.74% on a year-over-year (y-o-y) basis. Revenue growth was up 5.48% (y-o-y). The two sectors with the best showing were Information Technology and Energy. 
This chart is for illustrative purposes only and not indicative of any actual investment. The illustration excludes the effects of taxes and brokerage commissions or other expenses incurred when investing. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. The S&P 500 Pure Growth Index is a style-concentrated index designed to track the performance of stocks that exhibit the strongest growth characteristics based on three factors: sales growth, the ratio of earnings change to price, and momentum. It includes only those components of the parent index that exhibit strong growth characteristics, and weights them by growth score. Constituents are drawn from the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Pure Value Index is a style-concentrated index designed to track the performance of stocks that exhibit the strongest value characteristics based on three factors: the ratios of book value, earnings, and sales to price. It includes only those components of the parent index that exhibit strong value characteristics, and weights them by value score. Constituents are drawn from the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index comprised of 500 stocks used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

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