How Do Investors Trade R&D-intensive Stocks? Evidence from Hedge Funds and Other Institutional Investors
73 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2020 Last revised: 11 Oct 2021
Date Written: October 8, 2021
We examine how institutional investors trade stocks with high research and development (R&D) expenses and investigate whether they can detect value-relevant R&D. We document significant differences between hedge funds and other institutional investors in their trading in high R&D stocks. We find that hedge funds (other institutional investors) invest more (less) in high R&D stocks compared to all other stocks. Moreover, hedge funds exhibit strong stock-picking ability in high R&D stocks, and hedge funds with larger allocations to high R&D stocks generate higher future fund returns. Our findings suggest that hedge funds have superior skill in identifying value-relevant R&D.
Keywords: research and development (R&D), institutional trading, hedge funds
JEL Classification: G10, G11, C13
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