Option Implied Volatility, Skewness, and Kurtosis and the Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns
67 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2013 Last revised: 23 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 1, 2019
We develop an ex-ante measure of expected stock returns based on analyst price targets. We then show that ex-ante measures of volatility, skewness, and kurtosis implied from stock option prices are positively related to the cross section of ex-ante expected stock returns. While expected returns are related to both the systematic and unsystematic components of volatility, only the unsystematic components of skewness and kurtosis are related to the cross section of expected stock returns after controlling for other variables known to be related to the cross section of expected stock returns or analyst forecast bias.
Keywords: Risk-Neutral Moments, Option-Implied Risk, Ex-Ante Expected Stock Returns, Price Targets
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G13
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