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Momentum: Does The Database Make A Difference?

  • Bidisha Chakrabarty
  • Charles Trzcinka

We examine discrepancies between the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) and Trade and Quote (TAQ) databases by examining the returns of momentum strategies using each database. Momentum portfolios constructed from CRSP prices earn significant profits whereas similar portfolios using TAQ prices show losses. Adjusting TAQ prices with the TAQ dividends file or with the cumulative distribution factor provided by CRSP does not eliminate all differences. There are significant discrepancies in the way CRSP and TAQ record newly listed and delisted stocks. We document the residual (after all filters) price differences between the two databases and provide filters to adjust TAQ data for long sample periods and large sample sizes. Our filtering procedures allow for the possibility of examining intraday patterns in momentum profits. 2006 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

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Article provided by Southern Finance Association & Southwestern Finance Association in its journal Journal of Financial Research.

Volume (Year): 29 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 441-462

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfnres:v:29:y:2006:i:4:p:441-462
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