Trading Activity and Expected Stock Returns

43 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2000

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Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

V. Ravi Anshuman

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

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Abstract

Given the evidence that the level of liquidity affects asset returns, a reasonable hypothesis is that the second moment of liquidity should be positively related to asset returns, provided agents care about the risk associated with fluctuations in liquidity. Motivated by this observation, we analyze the relation between expected equity returns and the level as well as the volatility of trading activity (a proxy for liquidity). We document a result contrary to our initial hypothesis, namely, a negative and surprisingly strong cross-sectional relationship between stock returns and the variability of dollar trading volume and share turnover, after controlling for size, book-to-market, momentum, and the level of dollar volume or share turnover. This effect survives a number of robustness checks and is statistically and economically significant. Our analysis demonstrates the importance of trading activity-related variables in the cross-section of expected stock returns.

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Chordia, Tarun and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar and Anshuman, V. Ravi, Trading Activity and Expected Stock Returns (Undated). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=204488 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.204488

Tarun Chordia (Contact Author)

Emory University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area ( email )

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Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School

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Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Queensland
Australia

V. Ravi Anshuman

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore ( email )

Bannerghatta Rd.
Department of Finance
Bangalore, Karnataka

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