Feb. 17, 2004 — Mid-cap value stocks have outperformed all other domestic equity categories for the past ten years based on results for Standard & Poor’s domestic equity indexes.
Mid-cap value stocks benefit from less analyst coverage than large-cap stocks, and lower volatility than small-cap stocks, said Rosanne Pane, mutual fund strategist for Standard & Poor’s. She noted that growth stocks tend to attract speculative investors, which increases their volatility relative to value stocks.
According to managers of some of the best-performing mid-cap value funds for the past ten years ended in December, market inefficiences and investor psychology actually favor mid-cap value stocks.
Mid-cap value stocks often outperform due to lower valuations than the large-cap and growth market segments, said John Schneider, manager of PIMCO PEA Renaissance Fund/A (PQNAX). Schneider said a mid-cap focus is often beneficial because large-cap companies undergoing difficulties often fall to mid-cap status, creating buying opportunities.