The International Evidence of the Overnight Return Anomaly

Posted: 23 Aug 2009

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Tao Cai

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU)

Mei Qiu

Massey University - College of Business

Date Written: August 21, 2009

Abstract

Using daily stock index data of 29 countries, we find that overnight nontrading period returns are significantly higher than both trading period returns and close-to-close daily returns in 23 countries. One possible explanation for this phenomenon could be an assertion made by Miller (1977) that divergence of opinions may cause overpricing of securities when short selling is constrained. As divergence of investor opinions build up during the overnight nontrading period, stocks tend to be overpriced when the markets reopen and then drift back to their equilibrium during the trading hours. In fact, we find greater differences between overnight return and trading-hour returns for countries having short sale constrains as against the countries not having short sale constrains. Further, volatilities of overnight returns are greater than volatilities of trading period returns in short selling constrained markets but vice versa in markets without short selling constrains.

Keywords: overnight, return, short sale constrain

JEL Classification: G14

Suggested Citation

Cai, Tao and Qiu, Mei, The International Evidence of the Overnight Return Anomaly (August 21, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1458789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1458789

Tao Cai

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) ( email )

Guangzhou, Guangdong
China

Mei Qiu (Contact Author)

Massey University - College of Business ( email )

New Zealand
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