How Do Accounting Variables Explain Stock Price Movements? Theory and Evidence

46 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2006

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Peter F. Chen

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Accounting

Guochang Zhang

University of Hong Kong

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Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This paper provides theory and evidence showing how accounting variables explain cross-sectional stock returns. Based on Zhang (2000), who relates equity value to accounting measures of underlying operations, we derive returns as a function of earnings yield, equity capital investment, and changes in profitability, growth opportunities and discount rates. Empirical results confirm the predicted roles of all identified factors. The model explains about 20% of the cross-sectional return variation, with cash-flow-related factors (as opposed to changes in discount rates) accounting for most of the explanatory power. The properties of the model are robust across various subsamples and periods.

Keywords: Stock return, Accounting variables, Earnings yield, Profitability (ROE), Capital investment, Growth opportunity

JEL Classification: M41, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Chen, Peter Fusheng and Zhang, Guochang, How Do Accounting Variables Explain Stock Price Movements? Theory and Evidence (June 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=913463 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.913463

Peter Fusheng Chen

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Accounting ( email )

Clear Water Bay
School of Business & Management
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Hong Kong PRC
852-2358-7572 (Phone)

Guochang Zhang (Contact Author)

University of Hong Kong ( email )

KK Leung Building
Faculty of Business and Economics
Hong Kong
+852 3917 1076 (Phone)

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