Do Extreme Returns Matter in Emerging Markets? Evidence from the Chinese Stock Market
48 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2015 Last revised: 6 Mar 2017
Date Written: August 17, 2015
Recent evidence in the U.S. and Europe indicates that stocks with high maximum daily returns in the previous month, perform poorly in the current month. We investigate the presence of a similar effect in the emerging Chinese stock markets with portfolio-level analysis and firm-level Fama-MacBeth cross-sectional regressions. We find evidence of a MAX effect similar to the U.S. and European markets though the effect appears stronger for longer holding periods. Contrary to U.S. and European evidence, the MAX effect in China does not weaken much less reverse the anomalous IV effect. Both the MAX and IV effects appear to independently coexist in the Chinese stock markets. Interpreted together with the strong evidence of risk-seeking behaviour among Chinese investors, our results are consistent with the suggestion that the negative MAX effect is driven by investor preference for stocks with lottery-like features.
Keywords: Cross-section of stock returns; Extreme returns; Predictability; China
JEL Classification: F39; G12
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