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Stock Returns and the Business Cycle

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  • Michael DeStefano
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    This article examines whether movements in economic factors dictated by the dividend discount model can explain broad movements in stock returns over the business cycle. As anticipated, stock returns decrease throughout economic expansions and become negative during the first half of recessions. Returns are largest during the second half of recessions, suggesting an important role for expected earnings. These results are consistent with the notion that expected stock returns vary inversely with economic conditions, yet suggest that realized returns are especially poor indicators of expected returns prior to turning points in the business cycle. Copyright 2004 by the Eastern Finance Association.

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

    Volume (Year): 39 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 (November)
    Pages: 527-547

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:39:y:2004:i:4:p:527-547
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