Individual Investor Trading and Stock Returns
55 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2004
Date Written: December 2006
This paper investigates the dynamic relation between net individual investor trading and short-horizon returns for a large cross-section of NYSE stocks. The evidence indicates that individuals tend to buy stocks following declines in the previous month and sell following price increases. We document positive excess returns in the month following intense buying by individuals and negative excess returns after individuals sell, which we show is distinct from the previously shown past return or volume effects. The patterns we document are consistent with the notion that risk-averse individuals provide liquidity to meet institutional demand for immediacy.
Keywords: Individual investor sentiment, return predictability, behavioral finance, liquidity provision, NYSE, contrarian, market efficiency
JEL Classification: G10, G14
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