Winners And Losers From This Year's Nasdaq-100 Reconstitution

Tyler Durden's picture

Last night, the NASDAQ announced that Facebook (FB) will replace Infosys (INFY) in the NASDAQ-100 index. This change will become effective next Tuesday, December 11, after market close. This is merely the first swap in what is an annual Index reconstitution tradition for the tech-heavy, IPO-error prone index: next Friday, December 14, the NASDAQ will announce the official full list of new entrants and exit-ants from the index, which will take place on December 21, which usually serves as a technical buying boost for the new members, while those companies kicked out see substantial selling pressure as index funds no longer have to own the names. Below we present an analysis by Deutsche Bank's Bo Huang who lists, in order of conviction the names most likely to benefit (additions), and be punished (removals), from the reconstitution. 

The names likely most likely to benefit: Kraft Foods, Regeneron, Libery Media, Analog Devices, Catamaran and Equinix. On the other hand, those holding Netflix, Apollo Group, Warner Chilcott, Green Mountain Coffee, Electronic Arts, Flextronics, or the recent Lazarus, until a month ago left for dead, Research in Motion, may want to quietly sell their holdings. They will likely have a better re-entry point after next Friday's announcement and prompt reallocation.

From Deutsche:

This year, we anticipate 8 pairs of Additions to and Deletions from the NASDAQ-100 index.


Furthermore, we also present 3 pairs of possible, low conviction Additions and Deletions. As these Deletion companies are right on the boundaries of the NASDAQ-100 ranking methodology cut-offs, they could either remain in the index or be deleted and replaced.

  1. 3 Low Conviction Additions: VRSK, SBAC, WDC
  2. 3 Low Conviction Deletions: VRSN, LRCX, XRAY

Please see Figures 1 and 2 within for our index impact estimates and more details.

NASDAQ will announce the official changes next Friday, December 14 and implement them the following Friday, December 21. We will publish an official analysis following the announcement.

And in table format:

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Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Reggie's AAPL short lives.

Silver Bug's picture

In the end the only winners will be those holding gold and silver.

Fidel Sarcastro's picture

And this is another way the market is rigged: Replace bad companies with growing companies = indices never drop.  Adding Faceplant, however, may turn out to be a bad idea.

Slope of Hope's picture

Wake me up when they add some gold bars.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

Recently from MW...

"A new stucy by the CFTC says that high-frequency traders profits are coming at the expense of individual investors rather than institutions."

No shit!  We never saw that happening at all....

q99x2's picture

The companies that are being added should resist at all costs. The banksters will get them if they are listed.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

This will only end great. FB moves in 10-20% moves and has what 60B market cap right now? What happens when it plunges to the teens next week?

AAPL already tosses it like a rag doll.

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