Last year many investors holding value stocks were bruised by losses, while growth investors outperformed them for the year and on a five-year average annual basis, using the iShares S&P 500 Growth and Value ETFs as a rough measure. Though it is unsure what it will mean for investors sticking to value, at least in the first few months of this year some of the leading high-growth, high-valuation tech names they mainly shunned have fallen off their pedestal.
Most notably, the highest returning stock of 2015, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), has declined 14.2% year to date. The stock gained 134% for the year as one of the few propping up the S&P 500’s returns. With its 350.7 P/E ratio and declining earnings estimates, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) of Greenlight Capital disagreed with the market’s perception too early and shorted the stock last year, weighing on his returns. Continue Reading »