Does Cross-Sectional Return Extrapolation Explain Anomalies?
54 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2021 Last revised: 28 Mar 2023
Date Written: March 28, 2023
Using messages from Twitter and StockTwits, we provide cross-sectional evidence that stocks are exposed to return extrapolation. When a stock experiences high returns, sentiment towards that stock increases substantially. Consistent with findings that investors perceive capital gains differently than dividends, the sentiment of non-dividend-paying stocks responds to past returns up to 5 times more strongly than dividend-paying stocks. Using dividend-paying status to proxy for return extrapolation exposure (RXE), we find that momentum and long-term reversal returns are stronger for non-dividend-paying stocks, suggesting that RXE contributes to these anomalies. However, we find little evidence that RXE explains the value premium.
Keywords: Return Extrapolation, Dividends, Beliefs, Anomalies
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G41
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