Basic Materials Sector Moves Up in Attractiveness Rankings

October 19, 2022 | WEEKLY SECTOR ROTATION | Brian T. Hannon, CFA

Significant volatility in our attractiveness rankings has resulted in the basic materials sector moving up to the top 5 group. Improvement in catalytic properties offset modest deterioration in valuation and technical properties to drive this change. In other noteworthy moves, both the construction and consumer discretionary sectors have dropped to the bottom of our rankings due to lower catalytic scores. See Tables 5 and 6 for top-ranked names from the most attractive sectors and bottom-ranked names from the least attractive sectors.

Brian T. Hannon, CFA
Founder, Director of Quantitative Equity Research
Qubit Research, LLC
With an academic background in engineering and economics, Brian Hannon began his career in the chemicals industry at the Dupont Company where he held various positions in research & development, project management, and corporate finance. An early indication of his innovative nature occurred while in R&D; as Brian was awarded a patent for his role in the development of a reverse osmosis process for purifying chemicals used in the production of semiconductor devices (Patent#4,879,043: Manufacture of High Purity Hydrogen Peroxide by Using Reverse Osmosis”).

Pursuing his interest in the stock market, Brian made the transition to the investment management profession as a research analyst covering chemicals industry companies at the DuPont Pension Fund. He subsequently joined ASB Capital Management where he originated the unique approach to structuring multi-factor models that Polaris is based on. Brian moved on to Macquarie Investments (formerly Delaware Investment Management) where he produced an exceptional track record while serving as a senior portfolio manager on the institutional large-cap value team. After Brian left Macquarie, he founded Qubit Investments, LLC to launch an equity market neutral fund. The fund utilized an updated version of the Polaris multi-factor model, integrated with a systematic portfolio construction algorithm that Brian developed. He later became the director of equity research at Sturdivant & Co. and then Quoin Capital, LLC, which was prior to his current role as founder of Qubit Research, LLC, an independent equity research boutique. Brian holds a BS degree in chemical engineering and a BS in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is also a CFA charter holder.

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