Is There a Value Premium Among Large Stocks?
35 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2012 Last revised: 23 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 2014
According to Fama and French's (2012) price-to-book sorts, there is no global value premium among large stocks. Two simple departures from their methodology restore such premium: sorting stocks based on price-to-earnings rather than price-to-book ratios, and using global rather than regional value breakpoints. The resulting global value premium among large stocks, measured as the return spread between top 30% and bottom 30% stocks, increases from 17 (t-stat=1.09) to 64 (t-stat=2.61) basis points per month. Using price-to-earnings computed from earnings estimates rather than historical earnings further sharpens the value effect among large stocks. Not confined to small stocks, the value premium remains a key topic in Finance. Because valuation ratios are not interchangeable, researchers should look beyond price-to-book when studying, or controlling for, the value effect.
Keywords: value premium, global investing, valuation ratios
JEL Classification: G15, G12
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