Seasonality in Stock Returns: Evidence from Advanced Emerging Stock Markets
39 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 20, 2015
Despite an extensive number of studies documenting evidence of seasonal anomalies in developed markets, only a few studies have comprehensively examined these anomalies within emerging markets. Testing seasonal anomaly in emerging markets would first, help to examine the theoretical explanations that have been proposed and second, provide an out-of-sample result for seasonality anomaly. This study examines the efficiency of advanced emerging markets by testing five important seasonal anomalies: the month of the year, other January, day-of-the-week, holiday and week 44 effects. For each market, we use over two decades of stock return data denominated in both US dollars and the local currency to examine seasonal anomalies in returns and volatility. We find strong evidence of higher December returns in advanced emerging markets. The 44th week of the year consistently yields higher stock returns in eight out of nine advanced emerging markets. Our data also confirms the existence of the day of the week effect in six out of nine countries in the sample. In particular, Fridays tend to have higher while Mondays tend to have lower stock returns. We also find a strong holiday effect in seven countries in our sample. However, our data is unable to support the existence of the other January effect in advanced emerging markets, which may be due to the lack of institutional investors participating in these markets.
Keywords: Anomalies, Stock market seasonality, Emerging markets
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G15
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