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Fundamental Analysis and Option Returns

Theodore H. Goodman

Purdue University - Department of Accounting

Monica Neamtiu

CUNY Baruch College

Frank Zhang

Yale School of Management

January 3, 2013

This paper investigates whether fundamental accounting information is appropriately priced in the options market. We find that fundamental accounting signals exhibit incremental predictive power with respect to future option returns above and beyond what is captured by implied and historical stock volatility, suggesting that the options market does not fully incorporate fundamental information into option prices. Transaction costs substantially reduce the overall profitability of hedge strategies that exploit the information in these fundamental accounting signals, but the strategies still earn economically and statistically significant returns for options with low transaction costs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Fundamental analysis, return, volatility, accounting signals

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G13, G14, M41

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Date posted: December 21, 2011 ; Last revised: January 3, 2013

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Goodman, Theodore H. and Neamtiu, Monica and Zhang, Frank, Fundamental Analysis and Option Returns (January 3, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1974753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1974753

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Theodore H. Goodman
Purdue University - Department of Accounting ( email )
Krannert School of Management
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310
United States
Monica Neamtiu
CUNY Baruch College ( email )
17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States
Frank Zhang (Contact Author)
Yale School of Management ( email )
135 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
United States

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