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Natural Gas Trades Around Major Winter Storms?

A subscriber asked whether it works to buy natural gas before big winter storms. To investigate, we look at the interactions between a sample of major winter storms in the U.S. northeast (NE) and contemporaneous prices of the futures-based United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (UNG). Using daily adjusted closes of UNG and dates of… Keep Reading

Weekly Summary of Research Findings: 4/11/22 – 4/14/22

Below is a weekly summary of our research findings for 4/11/22 through 4/14/22. These summaries give you a quick snapshot of our content the past week so that you can quickly decide what’s relevant to your investing needs. Subscribers: To receive these weekly digests via email, click here to sign up for our mailing list.

Measuring the Value Premium with Value and Growth ETFs

Do popular style-based exchange-traded funds (ETF) offer a reliable way to exploit the value premium? To investigate, we compare differences in returns (value-minus-growth, or V – G) for each of the following three matched pairs of value-growth ETFs: iShares Russell 2000 (Smallcap) Growth Index (IWO) iShares Russell 2000 (Smallcap) Value Index (IWN) iShares Russell Midcap… Keep Reading

Measuring the Size Effect with Capitalization-based ETFs

Do popular capitalization-based exchange-traded funds (ETF) offer a reliable way to exploit an equity size effect? To investigate, we look at the difference in returns (small minus big) between: iShares Russell 2000 Index (Smallcap) Index (IWM), and SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) Using monthly dividend-adjusted closing prices for these ETFs during May 2000 (limited by IWM)… Keep Reading

Growth Versus Value and Interest Rates

In his 2007 book The Little Book That Makes You Rich: A Proven Market-Beating Formula for Growth Investing, expert Louis Navellier hypothesizes that growth (value) stocks tend to do relatively better when interest rates are rising (falling). Growth stocks benefit from the economic expansions associated with rising rates. Value stocks benefit from refinancing opportunities as… Keep Reading

Stock Returns Around Easter

Does the seasonal shift marked by the Easter holiday, with the U.S. stock market closed on the preceding Good Friday, produce anomalous returns? To investigate, we analyze the historical behavior of the S&P 500 Index before and after the holiday. Using daily closing levels of the S&P 500 index for 1950-2021 (72 events), we find… Keep Reading

Weekly Summary of Research Findings: 4/4/22 – 4/8/22

Below is a weekly summary of our research findings for 4/4/22 through 4/8/22. These summaries give you a quick snapshot of our content the past week so that you can quickly decide what’s relevant to your investing needs. Subscribers: To receive these weekly digests via email, click here to sign up for our mailing list.

XHB Lead the Broad Stock Market?

Do stocks of homebuilders, whose sales are particularly sensitive to interest rate changes, reliably lead the overall stock market. To check, we look at lead-lag relationships between monthly returns for SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) and returns for SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY). Using monthly dividend-adjusted returns for XHB and SPY during February 2006… Keep Reading

Housing Starts and Future Stock Market/REIT Returns

Each month, the Census Bureau announces and the financial media report U.S. housing starts as a potential indicator of future U.S. stock market returns. Release date is about two weeks after the month being reported. New releases may substantially revise recent past releases, so that the Census Bureau historical data set effectively has a longer lag…. Keep Reading

New Home Sales and Future Stock Market/REIT Returns

Each month, the Census Bureau announces and the financial media report U.S. new home sales as a potential indicator of future U.S. stock market returns. Release date is about three weeks after the month being reported. Moreover, new releases may substantially revise recent past releases, so that the Census Bureau historical dataset effectively has a… Keep Reading