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Size and Book to Market Factors in Earnings and Returns


Eugene F. Fama


University of Chicago - Finance

Kenneth R. French


Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


JOURNAL OF FINANCE, Vol 50, No 1, March 1995

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We study whether the behavior of stock prices, in relation to size and book to market equity (BE/ME), reflects the behavior of earnings. Consistent with rational pricing, high BE/ME signals persistent poor earnings and low BE/ME signals strong earnings. Moreover, stock prices forecast the reversion of earnings growth observed after firms are ranked on size and BE/ME. Finally, there are market, size, and BE/ME factors in earnings like those in returns. The market and size factors in earnings help explain those in returns, but we find no link between BE/ME factors in earnings and returns.

JEL Classification: G12, G3

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Date posted: May 10, 2000  

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Fama, Eugene F. and French, Kenneth R., Size and Book to Market Factors in Earnings and Returns. JOURNAL OF FINANCE, Vol 50, No 1, March 1995. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=5903

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Eugene F. Fama (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Finance ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
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Kenneth R. French
Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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