Nominal Stock Price Investing

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Ulrich Hammerich

University of Bremen - Department of Finance; Independent

Christian Fieberg

City University of Applied Sciences

Thorsten Poddig

University of Bremen

Date Written: October 31, 2018


We find that high-priced stocks show significantly higher Sharpe ratios than low-priced stocks. Also, price as an investment style is especially beneficial when applied in a multi-investment style setting, reducing portfolio volatility significantly while adding additional alpha. Implementing robustness tests and factor regressions, the price effect stays alive despite revealing tight connections to investment styles like momentum, low beta and size. Our framework offers yet ignored explanations why nominal prices are consequential for stock returns. We line our argumentation using an event-based, market-wide dramatic dispersion of stock prices in our sample, turning a strong low-price into a strong high-price effect.

Keywords: nominal price effect, behavioral finance, asset pricing, low beta, skewness of returns

JEL Classification: G02, G11, G12, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Hammerich, Ulrich and Hammerich, Ulrich and Fieberg, Christian and Poddig, Thorsten, Nominal Stock Price Investing (October 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Ulrich Hammerich (Contact Author)

University of Bremen - Department of Finance ( email )

Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
Bremen, D-28359

Independent ( email )

Christian Fieberg

City University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Werderstr. 73
Bremen, DE Bremen 28199

Thorsten Poddig

University of Bremen ( email )

Universitaetsallee GW I
Bremen, D-28334

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