Comovement after Joining an Index: Spillovers of Nonfundamental Effects

34 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2007

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Brent W. Ambrose

Pennsylvania State University

Dong Wook Lee

Korea University

Joe Peek

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Abstract

This study considers the case of two overlapping categories in the context of recent category models. Specifically, we examine whether investor sentiment and market frictions specific to one category can affect the returns on assets belonging to the other category. With recent additions of several real estate investment trusts (REITs) into general stock market indices as a natural experiment, we find support for spillovers of such nonfundamental effects, as evidenced by the increased return correlation between REITs that remain outside the index and the index stocks. Further analysis reveals that market frictions play a greater role than investor sentiment.

Suggested Citation

Ambrose, Brent W. and Lee, Dong Wook and Peek, Joe, Comovement after Joining an Index: Spillovers of Nonfundamental Effects. Real Estate Economics, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 57-90, Spring 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963506 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6229.2007.00182.x

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