On the Stability of the Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns in the Cross-Section: Understanding the Curious Role of Share Turnover Academic Article uri icon


  • "In this paper, we shed further light on cross-sectional predictors of stock return performance. Specifically, we explore whether the cross-section of expected stock returns is robust within stock groups sorted by past monthly return. We find that the book/market and momentum effects are remarkably robust to sorting on past returns. However, share turnover is negatively related to future returns for stocks with abnormally low stock price performance in the recent past, but postively related to returns for well-performing stocks. This casts doubt on the use of turnover as a liquidity proxy, but is consistent with turnover being a proxy for momentum trading which pushes prices in the direction of past price movements. Our results are robust to both NYSE/AMEX and Nasdaq stocks, and also robust to stratifying the sample by time period". Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2005.

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  • November 2005

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