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The other January effect: International, style, and subperiod evidence

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  • Stivers, Chris
  • Sun, Licheng
  • Sun, Yong

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We report international, style, and subperiod evidence for the other January effect (OJE) documented in Cooper et al. [2006. The other January effect. Journal of Financial Economics 82, 315-341]. When examining the OJE in 22 countries starting as early as 1801, we find that the spread between 11-month returns following positive and negative Januarys does tend to be positive. However, the spreads are rarely statistically significant and the returns of other calendar months exhibit similar subsequent 11-month return spreads. Further, the international OJE spreads and the OJE spreads in disaggregate U.S.-style portfolios are more related to the U.S. market-level January return, rather than the respective country-specific or portfolio-specific January return. Finally, the OJE is weaker over the 1975-2006 post-discovery period than over the 1940-1974 pre-discovery period. Our evidence indicates that the OJE is primarily a U.S. market-level-based phenomenon that has diminished over time, which suggests a [`]temporary anomaly' interpretation.

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  • Stivers, Chris & Sun, Licheng & Sun, Yong, 2009. "The other January effect: International, style, and subperiod evidence," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 521-546, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finmar:v:12:y:2009:i:3:p:521-546
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