Halloween Effect in Developed Stock Markets: A US Perspective
University of Pretoria, Department of Economics Working Paper Series, No. 2019-14
49 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2019
Date Written: February 20, 2019
In this paper, we conduct a comprehensive investigation of the Halloween effect evolution in the US stock market over its entire history. We employ various statistical techniques (average analysis, Student’s t-test, ANOVA, and the Mann-Whitney test) and the trading simulation approach to analyse the evolution of the Halloween effect. The results suggest that in the US stock market the Halloween effect became more persistent since the middle of the 20th century. Despite the decline in its prevalence since that time, nowadays it is still present in the US stock market and provides opportunities to build a trading strategy which can beat the market. These results are well in line with other developed stock markets. Therefore, in the main, our results are inconsistent with the Efficient Market Hypothesis.
Keywords: Calendar Anomalies, Halloween Effect, Stock Market, Efficient Market Hypothesis
JEL Classification: G12, C63
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