The 52-Week High and Momentum Investing

Posted: 10 Mar 2008

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Chuan-Yang Hwang

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Thomas J. George

University of Houston - Department of Finance


When coupled with a stock's current price, a readily available piece of information┬┐the 52-week high price-explains a large portion of the profits from momentum investing. Nearness to the 52-week high dominates and improves upon the forecasting power of past returns (both individual and industry returns) for future returns. Future returns forecast using the 52-week high do not reverse in the long run. These results indicate that short-term momentum and long-term reversals are largely separate phenomena, which presents a challenge to current theory that models these aspects of security returns as integrated components of the market's response to news.

Keywords: 52-week high, momentum, return prediction

Suggested Citation

Hwang, Chuan-Yang and George, Thomas J., The 52-Week High and Momentum Investing. Journal of Finance, Vol. 59, No. 5, pp. 2145-2176, Available at SSRN:

Chuan-Yang Hwang (Contact Author)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ( email )

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Thomas J. George

University of Houston - Department of Finance ( email )

Houston, TX 77204
United States

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