Financial Constraints and Stock Returns

54 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 1998

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Owen A. Lamont

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Christopher Polk

London School of Economics

Jesus Saa-Requejo

Vega Asset Management LLC

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Date Written: July 31, 1998

Abstract

We test whether the impact of financial constraints on firm value is observable in asset returns. We form portfolios of firms based on observable characteristics related to financial constraints, and test for common variation in the stock returns of these firms. Financially constrained firms? stock returns move together over time. Constrained firms have low returns in our sample of growing manufacturing firms in 1968-1997. We find little evidence that the relative performance of financially constrained firms reflects monetary policy, credit conditions, or business cycles.

JEL Classification: G12, G32, E44

Suggested Citation

Lamont, Owen A. and Polk, Christopher and Saa-Requejo, Jesus, Financial Constraints and Stock Returns (July 31, 1998). CRSP Working Paper No. 451. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=113336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.113336

Owen A. Lamont (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Christopher Polk

London School of Economics ( email )

United Kingdom

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Jesus Saa-Requejo

Vega Asset Management LLC ( email )

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Plaza Manuel Gomez Moreno 2
Madrid
Spain

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