X

Sign up for Equitymaster's free daily newsletter, The 5 Minute WrapUp and get access to our latest Multibagger guide (2018 Edition) on picking money-making stocks.

This is an entirely free service. No payments are to be made.


Download Now Subscribe to our free daily e-letter, The 5 Minute WrapUp and get this complimentary report.
We hate spam as much as you do. Check out our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.
Complexity of 52-Week Highs, Commodity Crisis, and more... - Views on News from Equitymaster
  • MyStocks

MEMBER'S LOGINX

     
Login Failure
   
     
   
     
 
 
 
(Please do not use this option on a public machine)
 
     
 
 
 
  Sign Up | Forgot Password?  
The Equitymaster Research Digest

Complexity of 52-Week Highs, Commodity Crisis, and more...
Dec 22, 2015

  • The stock is too risky. It is currently at 52-week highs!

This was an instant reply from a new team member recently. Rahul Shah had asked him to assess a new stock for Microcap Millionaires.

The company in question, as most microcaps are, is an inconspicuous one. No one on the team had heard of it until Rahul's screen brought it up. There was good reason for us to want more information, so Rahul ran the company through various checks and asked fellow team members to air their views on it.

Our poor new team member's confusion was understandable. He was shocked at the idea of even considering a stock at its 52-week high. This was completely against the principles of value investing, according to him.

It was then our turn to pull him away from what we call 'confirmation bias'. He was making the same mistake most investors make. Whenever they see a stock close to 52-week highs, they conclude the stock is expensive.

This is not to suggest that we are indifferent to the possibility of a sharp correction in a stock at 52-week highs. Rather, instead of rejecting the idea based on data from only the past year, we prefer to take a holistic view.

To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In


Small Investments
BIG Returns

Zero To Millions Guide 2018
Get our special report, Zero To Millions
(2018 Edition) Now!
We will never sell or rent your email id.
Please read our Terms

MARKET STATS