Stocks of Admired Companies and Despised Ones
29 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2007
Date Written: February 2007
Do stocks of admired companies yield admirable returns? We study Fortune magazine's annual list of "America's Most Admired Companies" and find that stocks of admired companies had lower returns, on average, than stocks of despised companies during the 23 years from April 1983 through March 2006. We link differences between the returns of stocks of admired and despised companies to differences in affect, the quick feeling that distinguishes good from bad, admired from despised. The affect of admired companies is positive, and investors who were attracted by affect to stocks of admired companies paid for it with lower returns. However, the relative returns of stocks of admired and despised companies varied considerably from year to year and from decade to decade and the relationship between admiration and returns is not always monotonic.
Keywords: behavioral finance, emotions, cognitive biases, affect, asset pricing models, fortune magazine
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14
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