If your soccer dream team was an equity portfolio, which stocks would be in it? Bookmakers, sports apparel firms and travel companies seem a safe bet to profit from a large sporting event, but are they the best stocks to hold over the course of a competition?
Ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France, CNBC checks in on the players that should be on your equity dream team.
Using quantitative analysis tool Kensho CNBC screened for the best-performing stocks during the previous UEFA championships if you bought on the first day and sold on the last day of the tournament. The Euro STOXX Healthcare sector is the surprise outperformer with an average return of over 2 percent during the last seven European soccer championships, with the star players being Smith & Nephew, GSK and Shire. That's at direct odds with the sector with the worst performance, technology, which posted an average loss of over 2 percent over the same time, and traded positive on only 45 percent of tournament days.