The No-Short Return Premium

46 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017 Last revised: 12 Feb 2018

Danling Jiang

College of Business, Stony Brook University

Xiaoming Li

Massey University - School of Economics and Finance (Albany)

Date Written: February 22, 2018

Abstract

Theory predicts that securities with greater limits to arbitrage are more subject to mispricing and thus should command a higher return premium. We test this prediction using the unique regulatory setting from the Hong Kong stock market, in which some stocks can be sold short and others cannot. We show that no-short stocks on average earn significantly higher returns than shortable stocks and the two groups of stocks tend to comove negatively. Moreover, stocks that comove more with the portfolio of no-short stocks on average earn higher subsequent abnormal returns while those comoving more with the shortable stocks earn lower subsequent abnormal returns. New additions to and deletions from the shorting list only partially contribute to the no-short return premium.

Keywords: Short-Sale Regulation; Return Comovement; Limits to Arbitrage; Mispricing

JEL Classification: G02; G10; G12; G28

Suggested Citation

Jiang, Danling and Li, Xiaoming, The No-Short Return Premium (February 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903517

Danling Jiang

College of Business, Stony Brook University ( email )

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Massey University - School of Economics and Finance (Albany) ( email )

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