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Size, value, and momentum in international stock returns

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  • Fama, Eugene F.
  • French, Kenneth R.
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    In the four regions (North America, Europe, Japan, and Asia Pacific) we examine, there are value premiums in average stock returns that, except for Japan, decrease with size. Except for Japan, there is return momentum everywhere, and spreads in average momentum returns also decrease from smaller to bigger stocks. We test whether empirical asset pricing models capture the value and momentum patterns in international average returns and whether asset pricing seems to be integrated across the four regions. Integrated pricing across regions does not get strong support in our tests. For three regions (North America, Europe, and Japan), local models that use local explanatory returns provide passable descriptions of local average returns for portfolios formed on size and value versus growth. Even local models are less successful in tests on portfolios formed on size and momentum.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 105 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 457-472

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