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Beta, size and returns: a study on the French Stock Exchange

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  • Jean-Jacques Lilti
  • Helene Rainelli-Le Montagner

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The aim of this paper is to test the relationship between average returns and beta of French stocks over the last six years (1990-1995). Numerous and contradictory studies recently published in the American literature have cast doubts as to whether beta plays a role at all when it comes to explaining average returns on the American Stock Exchange (e.g. Fama and French, 1992; Pettengill et al., 1995). As the results obtained seem to depend upon the methodology used, we propose to implement some of the methodological advances advocated in these recent papers to test for the usefulness of beta as a determinant of returns on the French Stock Exchange. This subject has not been dealt with in recent literature.

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  • Jean-Jacques Lilti & Helene Rainelli-Le Montagner, 1998. "Beta, size and returns: a study on the French Stock Exchange," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(1), pages 13-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:8:y:1998:i:1:p:13-20
    DOI: 10.1080/096031098333203
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    1. Morelli, David, 2007. "Beta, size, book-to-market equity and returns: A study based on UK data," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 257-272, July.
    2. Francisco Jareno, 2008. "Spanish stock market sensitivity to real interest and inflation rates: an extension of the Stone two-factor model with factors of the Fama and French three-factor model," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(24), pages 3159-3171.
    3. Durand, Robert B. & Lan, Yihui & Ng, Andrew, 2011. "Conditional beta: Evidence from Asian emerging markets," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 130-153.
    4. Guermat, Cherif & Freeman, Mark C., 2010. "A net beta test of asset pricing models," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 1-9, January.

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