Corporate Financing Activities and Contrarian Investment
Review of Finance, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 543-584, 2010
45 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2009 Last revised: 19 Apr 2013
Date Written: July 15, 2009
This paper investigates the risk versus mispricing explanation of superior returns to contrarian strategies using the interactions between value-to-market indicators and corporate financing transactions that increase or decrease a firm's outstanding equity. Portfolio-level analyses and firm-level cross-sectional regressions indicate that the well-documented contrarian profits soar when value stocks which repurchase shares (value repurchasers) and growth stocks which issue shares (growth issuers) are considered. Various risk measures indicate that value repurchasers are not riskier than growth issuers. Furthermore, time-series of realized growth rates, analysts' long-term growth estimates, and sensitivity of portfolio returns to investor sentiment support the misvaluation explanation.
JEL Classification: M41, G12, G24
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