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Aggregate Investment and Investor Sentiment


Salman Arif


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting

Charles M.C. Lee


Stanford University - Graduate School of Business

March 4, 2014

Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Working Paper No. 181

Abstract:     
Using bottom-up information gleaned from corporate financial statements, we examine the relation between aggregate investment, future equity returns, and investor sentiment. Consistent with the business cycle literature, corporate investments peak during periods of positive sentiment (measured multiple ways), yet these periods are followed by lower equity returns (particularly for “growth” stocks). This pattern exists in most developed countries, and survives controls for discount rates, equity flows, valuation multiples, operating accruals, and other investor sentiment measures. Higher aggregate investments also precede greater earnings disappointments, lower short-window earnings announcement returns, and lower macroeconomic growth. We conclude aggregate corporate investment is an alternative, and possibly sharper, measure of market-wide investor sentiment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: Investor Sentiment, Corporate Investment, Market Efficiency, Financial Accounting

JEL Classification: G10, E44, G31

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Date posted: January 2, 2013 ; Last revised: May 7, 2014

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Arif, Salman and Lee, Charles M.C., Aggregate Investment and Investor Sentiment (March 4, 2014). Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Working Paper No. 181. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2195336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2195336

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Salman Arif (Contact Author)
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting ( email )
1309 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Charles M.C. Lee
Stanford University - Graduate School of Business ( email )
Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States
650-721-1295 (Phone)

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