Returns to Contrarian Investment: Tests of the Naive Expectations Hypotheses
Posted: 6 Jul 1995
Date Written: November 1995
This paper examines the ability of hypotheses based on naive investor expectations to explain the higher returns to contrarian investment strategies. Inconsistent with Lakonishok, Shleifer and Vishny (1995), we find no systematic evidence that stock prices naively reflect extrapolation of past trends in earnings and sales growth. Consistent with Bauman and Dowen (1988) and La Porta (1994), we find that stock prices appear to naively reflect analysts' biased forecasts of future earnings growth. Further, we show that naive reliance on analysts' forecasts of future earnings growth can explain over half the higher returns to contrarian investment strategies.
JEL Classification: D84
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