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Momentum strategies in European equity markets: Perspectives on the recent financial and European debt crises

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  • Abourachid, Halim
  • Kubo, Alexander
  • Orbach, Sven

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We investigate the profitability and return patterns of momentum strategies in 10 European countries. Using data from December 2003 to December 2015, we find momentum returns to be lower than to those reported in previous research. Our results indicate that the low momentum returns can be attributed to market conditions during the period of 2007–2012. When examining momentum returns generated by small and large stocks in separate time periods, we find momentum returns to be stronger among small stocks and weaker in large stocks.

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  • Abourachid, Halim & Kubo, Alexander & Orbach, Sven, 2017. "Momentum strategies in European equity markets: Perspectives on the recent financial and European debt crises," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 147-151.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:23:y:2017:i:c:p:147-151
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2017.05.013
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    Keywords

    Momentum strategy; Profitability; Portfolio selection; Financial crises;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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