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Do Investors' Sentiment Dynamics affect Stock Returns? Evidence from the US Economy

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This paper contributes to the understanding of the non-linear causal linkage between investors' sentiment dynamics and stock returns for the US economy. Employing the sentiment index developed by Baker and Wurgler (J. Econ. Perspect. 16: 129-151, 2007) and within a non-linear causality framework, we found that sentiment embodies signi cant predictive power with respect to stock returns.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Macedonia in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2012_05.

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Date of creation: Apr 2012
Date of revision: Apr 2012
Handle: RePEc:mcd:mcddps:2012_05

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Keywords: Investors' sentiment; Stock returns; Non-linear Granger causality.;

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