Decomposing the Earnings-to-Price Ratio and the Cross-section of International Equity-Index Returns
46 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2019
Date Written: November 23, 2019
We examine whether components of the earnings-to-price (EP) ratio can be used to extract incremental information to better estimate future returns in the cross-section of country-industry indexes. We demonstrate that the EP components such as lagged EP, changes in earnings, short-term momentum and long-term reversal in prices increase the accuracy of return forecasts. The EP decomposition matters in developed markets, as well as in North America, Europe, Asia, and MENA, but is pointless in emerging countries, as well as in South America and Japan. Decomposing EP into its components is a worthwhile effort in the majority of industries examined. The results are robust to modifications in the methodology, sub-period analyses, the use of an alternative sample and remain unchanged after controlling for net share issuance and size effects.
Keywords: International Investment, E/P Decomposition, Value Effect, Equity Anomalies, Index Returns, Return Predictability
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G17
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