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Dissecting Anomalies

Eugene F. Fama

University of Chicago - Finance

Kenneth R. French

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

June 2007

CRSP Working Paper No. 610

The anomalous returns associated with net stock issues, accruals, and momentum are pervasive; they show up in all size groups (micro, small, and big) in cross-section regressions, and they are also strong in sorts, at least in the extremes. The asset growth and profitability anomalies are less robust. There is an asset growth anomaly in average returns on microcaps and small stocks, but it is absent for big stocks. Among profitable firms, higher profitability tends to be associated with abnormally high returns, but there is little evidence that unprofitable firms have unusually low returns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Anomalies

JEL Classification: G12

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Date posted: June 26, 2006  

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Fama, Eugene F. and French, Kenneth R., Dissecting Anomalies (June 2007). CRSP Working Paper No. 610. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=911960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.911960

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