Reversal and Momentum Patterns in Weekly Stock Returns: European Evidence

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Hannah Hühn

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Hendrik Scholz

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Abstract

We analyze short-term reversal and medium-term momentum patterns in weekly stock returns in Europe. Focusing on raw and on stock-specific returns, our empirical results show for both return specifications i) a negative relation between weekly past returns and future returns in the short run and ii) a positive relation in the medium run. However, returns of reversal and momentum strategies based on stock-specific returns are less volatile. In further analyses, we find short-term reversal and medium-term momentum patterns to be connected to stock characteristics. Looking at the potential causes of these effects, our results do not corroborate that short-term reversal in weekly stock returns is due to an over- or underreaction to firm-specific news nor mainly driven by illiquidity. On the other hand, medium-term momentum in weekly stock returns can be connected to behavioral biases. Finally, our concluding tests confirm that our findings are robust among industries, in sub-periods, for the January effect and in varying market states.

Keywords: Short-term reversal, medium-term momentum, conventional strategy, stock-specific strategy, stock characteristics

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Hühn, Hannah and Scholz, Hendrik, Reversal and Momentum Patterns in Weekly Stock Returns: European Evidence. Review of Financial Economics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2552580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2552580

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