From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza
Welcome to the 2 to 100 Club.
As many of you know, something we’ve been working on internally is using various bottom-up tools and scans to complement our top-down approach. It’s really been working for us!
Once they graduate from small-cap to mid-cap status (over $2B), they come on our radar. Likewise, when they surpass the roughly $30B mark, they roll off our list.
But the scan doesn’t just end there. We only want to look at the strongest growth industries in the market, as that is typically where these potential 50-baggers come from.
Some of the best performers in recent decades – stocks like Priceline, Amazon, Netflix, Salesforce, and myriad others – would have been on this list at some point during their journey to becoming the market behemoths they are today.
When you look at the stocks in our table, you’ll notice we’re only focused on technology and growth industry groups such as software, semiconductors, online retail, solar, etc.
Then, like any good technician, we filter the list down to those that are closest to new highs. This allows the cream of these strong groups to rise to the top and helps streamline our mission to identify technical breakouts in the top-performing stocks.
Our overall position remains neutral in the short term but bullish over longer time frames. While evidence continues to be mixed, large-cap tech and growth are trading just off new highs on both absolute and relative terms. As long as this remains the case, we think a new period of leadership is underway for these stocks. Whether or not this strength eventually flows down the cap scale, we’ll just have to wait and see. For now, smaller growth stocks are still under pressure.
Regardless of the environment, we’re always going to have winners come out of our 2 to 100 Club. And we actually want to embrace corrective phases like the one we just had because they make the real leaders stand out that much more.
As usual, we’ve sorted this week’s list by proximity to all-time highs. Here it is:
All of these stocks are exhibiting the kind of strength that’s characteristic of continued and future leadership. Now that the recent bout of selling has passed, we expect these stocks to keep outperforming and rallying to new heights.
Let’s dive in and discuss some of them!