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Day of the week seasonality in African stock markets

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  • Paul Alagidede

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This article investigates the day of the week anomaly in Africa's largest stock markets by looking at both the first and second moments of returns. We also incorporate market risk. We do not find day of the week effect in Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia. However, there are significant daily seasonality in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa. Friday average return is found to be consistently higher than other days in Zimbabwe. The Nigerian market tends to display more seasonality in volatility than in expected return. The reverse hold for South Africa. Finally, the anomalies do not disappear even after accounting for risk.

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  • Paul Alagidede, 2008. "Day of the week seasonality in African stock markets," Applied Financial Economics Letters, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 4(2), pages 115-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfelt:v:4:y:2008:i:2:p:115-120
    DOI: 10.1080/17446540701537749
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    1. Michael Batuo Enowbi & Francesco Guidi & Kupukile Mlambo, 2010. "Testing the Weak-form Market Efficiency and the Day of the Week Effects of some African Countries," The African Finance Journal, Africagrowth Institute, vol. 12(Conferenc), pages 1-26.
    2. Charles, Amélie, 2010. "The day-of-the-week effects on the volatility: The role of the asymmetry," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 202(1), pages 143-152, April.
    3. Sugimoto, Kimiko & Matsuki, Takashi & Yoshida, Yushi, 2014. "The global financial crisis: An analysis of the spillover effects on African stock markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 201-233.
    4. Eymen Errais & Dhikra Bahri, 2016. "Is Standard Deviation a Good Measure of Volatility? the Case of African Markets with Price Limits," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 17(1), pages 145-165, May.
    5. Giovanis, Eleftherios, 2009. "Bootstrapping Fuzzy-GARCH Regressions on the Day of the Week Effect in Stock Returns: Applications in MATLAB," MPRA Paper 22326, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Alagidede, Paul, 2008. "Month-of-the-year and pre-holiday seasonality in African stock markets," Stirling Economics Discussion Papers 2008-23, University of Stirling, Division of Economics.
    7. Weber Christoph S. & Nickol Philipp, 2016. "More on Calendar Effects on Islamic Stock Markets," Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, De Gruyter, vol. 12(1), pages 65-113, April.
    8. Osabuohien-Irabor Osarumwense, 2015. "Day-of-the-week effect in the Nigerian Stock Market Returns and Volatility: Does the Distributional Assumptions Influence Disappearance?," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2015(4), pages 33-44.
    9. Dragos Stefan Oprea & Elena Valentina Tilica, 2014. "Day-of-the-Week Effect in Post-Communist East European Stock Markets," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 4(3), pages 119-129, July.

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