Can Momentum Factors Be Used to Enhance Accounting Information Based Fundamental Analysis in Explaining Stock Price Movements?
40 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 4, 2014
This paper provides new empirical evidence that price-based momentum indicator variables can enhance the ability of accounting variables in explaining cross-sectional stock returns. We apply both OLS and state-space modelling to a sample of firms included in the Russell 3000 index over the period from 1999-2012 to compare the roles of the two main types of information typically used by equity investors. Empirical results reveal the importance of accounting variables over longer term horizons for particularly, small-cap stocks. Momentum variables are shown to be important in the shorter term horizons. This result remains robust to alternative methodologies used.
Keywords: Stock Returns, Fundamental Analysis, Momentum, State Space Model
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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