The 52-Week High, Momentum, and Predicting Mutual Fund Returns
49 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2009 Last revised: 20 Sep 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2010
The 52-week high share price has been shown by George and Hwang (2004) to carry significant predictive ability for individual stock returns, dominating other common momentum-based trading strategies. This study examines the performance of trading strategies for mutual funds based on (1) an analogous 1-year high measure for the net asset value of fund shares, (2) prior extreme returns and (3) fund sensitivity to stock return momentum. All three measures have significant, independent, predictive ability for fund returns. Further, each produces a distinctive pattern in momentum profits, whether measured in raw or risk-adjusted returns, with profits from momentum loading being the least transitory. Nearness to the 1-year high and recent extreme returns are significant predictors of fund monthly cash flows, whereas fund momentum loading is not.
Keywords: Mutual fund selection, stock return momentum, momentum trading, momentum investing, momentum profits, 52-week high, return predictability, smart money effect
JEL Classification: G11, G20
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