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Unloved Stocks Outperform?

As they often say about real estate investing, one does not make money in real estate when it is sold, but when the real estate is purchased. The point in this statement is the profit is really determined based on the price paid for the real estate. In other words--don't over pay. Many real estate investors are finding this axiom true today. Well, what about stocks that are unloved by the so called investing experts?

The CXO Advisory Group website highlighted findings from a research report titled Stocks of Admired Companies and Despised Ones by Deniz Anginer, Kenneth Fisher and Meir Statman. In short, the study's authors tested whether the top companies in Fortune magazine's list of America's Most Admired Companies underperformed the companies that ranked in the bottom of the list. The following table taken from the study summarizes some of the findings.

Difference between the return of Industry-Adjusted Despised and Admired
portfolios during the ten years: April 1983 – March 2006.

In short, the CXO Advisory article notes:
...the stocks of companies least admired by the ostensibly well-informed may well outperform the stocks of the companies most admired.
More detail from the above noted study is outlined in the CXO Advisory article.

As Old School Value's post last Saturday noted, All Intelligent Investing IS Value Investing,
Value investing...revolves around paying less or a fair amount to [a company's] real value, referred to as intrinsic value...
I think Charles Kirk of The Kirk Report recently said it best in his post titled Your Comfort Zone:

"High achievers (in life and in the market) frequently step outside their comfort zone. That’s the way they learn and make progress. At the same time, they also expect to fail (more often than not), but do not see failure or mistakes they make as problems, but as educational experiences.

The natural instinct of all of us is to seek safety and shelter, unfortunately at the exact same time when we should be aggressive and risk tolerant. Those who do well in the market understand this natural human tendency and they consistently work against it when others are doing the exact opposite.

The key for today is to first understand what your comfort zone is and then take a step outside of it. Remember, the market doesn’t reward comfort and decisions that “feel” good to make. That’s the law of nature and it is true of this market like any other."

Buy Stocks of Companies Experts Hate?
CXO Advisory Group, LLC
February 14, 2007

Stocks of Admired Companies and Despised Ones
By: Deniz Anginer, Kenneth Fisher and Meir Statman
February 2007

Your Comfort Zone
The Kirk Report
By: Charles Kirk
July 8, 2008

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