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Price Momentum and Idiosyncratic Volatility

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  • Matteo P. Arena
  • K. Stephen Haggard
  • Xuemin (Sterling) Yan
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    We find that returns to momentum investing are higher among high idiosyncratic volatility ( IVol) stocks, especially high IVol losers. Higher IVol stocks also experience quicker and larger reversals. The findings are consistent with momentum profits being attributable to underreaction to firm-specific information and with IVol limiting arbitrage of the momentum effect. We also find a positive time-series relation between momentum returns and aggregate IVol. Given the long-term rise in IVol, this result helps explain the persistence of momentum profits since Jegadeesh and Titman's (1993) study. Copyright (c)2008, The Eastern Finance Association.

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    Article provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal Financial Review.

    Volume (Year): 43 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (05)
    Pages: 159-190

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:43:y:2008:i:2:p:159-190

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    1. Pavel Bandarchuk & Jens Hilscher, 2011. "Sources of Momentum Profits: Evidence on the Irrelevance of Characteristics," Working Papers 38, Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School.
    2. Rossi, Francesco, 2011. "U.K. cross-sectional equity data: do not trust the dataset! The case for robust investability filters," MPRA Paper 38303, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2011.
    3. Rossi, Francesco, 2012. "UK cross-sectional equity data: The case for robust investability filters," European Economic Letters, European Economics Letters Group, vol. 1(1), pages 6-13.
    4. Jubinski, Daniel & Tomljanovich, Marc, 2013. "Do FOMC minutes matter to markets? An intraday analysis of FOMC minutes releases on individual equity volatility and returns," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 86-97.
    5. John Cotter & Niall O'Sullivan & Francesco Rossi, 2014. "The Conditional Pricing of Systematic and Idiosyncratic Risk in the UK Equity Market," Working Papers 201403, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    6. Bhootra, Ajay & Hur, Jungshik, 2012. "On the relationship between concentration of prospect theory/mental accounting investors, cointegration, and momentum," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 1266-1275.
    7. Rossi, Francesco, 2011. "Risk components in UK cross-sectional equities: evidence of regimes and overstated parametric estimates," MPRA Paper 38682, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 31 Mar 2012.

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