Investor Sentiment and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns
Journal of Finance, Vol. 61, No. 4, pp. 1645-1680, August 2006
Posted: 20 Apr 2005 Last revised: 13 Jan 2009
We study how investor sentiment affects the cross-section of stock returns. We predict that a wave of investor sentiment has larger effects on securities whose valuations are highly subjective and difficult to arbitrage. Consistent with this prediction, we find that when beginning-of-period proxies for sentiment are low, subsequent returns are relatively high for small stocks, young stocks, high volatility stocks, unprofitable stocks, non-dividend-paying stocks, extreme growth stocks, and distressed stocks. When sentiment is high, on the other hand, these stocks tend to earn relatively low subsequent returns.
Keywords: sentiment, asset pricing, arbitrage, cross-section
JEL Classification: G12
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