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Imports, Exports, Dollar Exposures, and Stock Returns

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  • Suparna Chakraborty

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  • Yi Tang

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  • Liuren Wu

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Economic theory suggests that the magnitude and direction of a firm’s currency risk exposure depends crucially on its fundamental involvement in international trade. For U.S. industries, we find that the stock performance of import-oriented companies moves positively with the performance of the dollar, but the stock performance of export-oriented companies tends to move against the dollar. Based on this finding, we use the imports and exports information to enhance the identification of the dollar risk exposure for different industries, and analyze how each industry’s expected stock return varies with its dollar risk exposure. We identify a strongly negative risk premium for bearing positive exposures to the dollar. On average, import-oriented companies generate lower expected stock returns. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Suparna Chakraborty & Yi Tang & Liuren Wu, 2015. "Imports, Exports, Dollar Exposures, and Stock Returns," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 26(5), pages 1059-1079, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:26:y:2015:i:5:p:1059-1079
    DOI: 10.1007/s11079-015-9362-z
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    Keywords

    Dollar risk exposure; Imports; Exports; Currency risk premium; Stock returns; F31; G12;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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