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Chicago, IL – March 15, 2023 – Stocks in this week’s article are Steel Dynamics, Inc. (STLD - Free Report) , Primerica, Inc. (PRI - Free Report) and CVR Energy, Inc. (CVI - Free Report) .

3 Momentum Anomaly Picks as Silicon Valley Bank Rattles Market

The equity markets appeared to regain their lost footing after the Silicon Valley Bank collapse sent shockwaves through the startup community. The banking stocks, in particular, rebounded after a sharp fall as regulators approved plans to backstop both depositors and financial institutions associated with Silicon Valley Bank.

The markets also seemed to factor in the Federal Reserve's ploy of creating a new Bank Term Funding Program to safeguard institutions affected by the sudden collapse. On a broader perspective, investors speculated that the Silicon Valley Bank's failure would force the Fed to reconsider its plan to continue interest rate hikes to prevent any further market setbacks.

With uncertainty becoming the norm of the day, investors often seek to employ time-tested winning strategies to fetch sustained profits. One of the most successful game plans to beat the blues is to bet on momentum stocks when value or growth investing fails to generate the desired profits.

This approach primarily tends to follow the adage, "the trend is your friend." At its core, momentum investing is "buying high and selling higher." It is based on the idea that once a stock establishes a trend, it is more likely to continue in that direction because of the momentum that is already behind it. But before we delve deep into it, let us try to fathom why the momentum strategy at all works?

There are several behavioral biases that most investors exhibit in their decision-making. And these emotional responses, or rather mistakes, are the very reason that makes the momentum strategy work.

For example, some investors are anxious about booking losses and hence hold on to losing stocks for too long, hopeful of a rebound in prices. On the other hand, a few investors sell their winners way too early. Momentum investing is one of the best strategies to avoid making such errors in judgment.

Furthermore, investors initially tend to underreact to news, events or data releases. However, once things become clear, they have a habit of going with the flow and overreacting, causing dramatic price reactions. These behavioral problems extend trends, thus opening up huge opportunities for momentum players.

To sum up, momentum investing is a way to profit from the general human tendency to extrapolate current trends into the future. It is based on that gap in time before the mean reversion occurs, i.e., before prices become rational again.

In this context, stocks like Steel Dynamics, Inc., Primerica, Inc. and CVR Energy, Inc. are worth betting on.

Momentum strategies have been known to be alpha-generative over a long period and across market stages. So, this strategy is quite tricky to implement, as detecting these trends is no child's play.

Here, we have created a strategy to help investors get in on these fast movers and rake in handsome gains. Our screen will help you benefit from both long-term price momentum and a short-term pullback in price.

Here are three of the five stocks that made it through this screen:

Based in Fort Wayne, IN, Steel Dynamics is among the leading steel producers and metal recyclers in the United States. It currently has a steelmaking and coating capacity of around 16 million tons. It is one of the most diversified steel companies in the United States, with a vast range of specialty products. The company makes and markets steel products, processes and sells recycled ferrous and nonferrous metals, and fabricates and sells steel joist and decking products in the United States and internationally. Steel Dynamics has gained 60.1% in the past year but declined 11.3% in the past week. It has a Momentum Score of B.

Headquartered in Duluth, GA, Primerica is a leading provider of financial services to middle-income households in North America. It offers term life insurance, mutual funds, annuities and other financial products. The stock has appreciated 28.7% in the past year but declined 11.1% in the past week. Primerica has a Momentum Score of A.  

Headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, CVR Energy is a diversified holding company primarily engaged in the renewable fuels, petroleum refining and marketing business as well as in the nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing business. The stock has rallied 36.7% in the past year but declined 14.1% in the past week. It has a Momentum Score of B.

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