Momentum Trading by Institutions

Posted: 15 Jul 2003

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S.G. Badrinath

San Diego State University; IIM-Bangalore

Sunil Wahal

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department

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We document the equity trading practices of approximately 1,200 institutions from the third quarter of 1987 through the third quarter of 1995. We decompose trading by institutions into the initiation of new positions (entry), the termination of previous positions (exit), and adjustments to ongoing holdings. Institutions act as momentum traders when they enter stocks but as contrarian traders when they exit or make adjustments to ongoing holdings. We find significant differences in trading practices among different types of institutions.

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Badrinath, Swaminathan G. and Wahal, Sunil, Momentum Trading by Institutions. Available at SSRN:

Swaminathan G. Badrinath

San Diego State University ( email )

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IIM-Bangalore ( email )

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Sunil Wahal (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department ( email )

W. P. Carey School of Business
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Tempe, AZ 85287-3906
United States

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