Where Did All The Alpha Go? These 20 Stocks!
A highly correlated market - both across asset-classes and across individual stocks within the equity indices - is now well known. It's a stockpicker's market is the refrain. Well, as Goldman points out, a dramatically narrow leadership is running the show in S&P 500 performance this year. 20 companies (22% of market cap.) account for 55% of 2012 YTD return for the S&P 500. Pick away (and by the way CRAAPL accounted for 17% of the S&P 500's YTD performance until last night) as while correlation removes alpha so concentration removes liquidity.
Notably the Top 7 performers from Q1 are nowhere to be found in Q2...as crowding into dividend stocks seems the new normal... (remember the law of large crowds and small doors)...
Source: Goldman Sachs