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Sources of the stock price fluctuations in Chinese equity market


  • Zhenhua Su
  • Jun Ma
  • Mark E. Wohar


This paper proposes a latent factor approach based on a state-space framework in order to identify which factor, if any, dominates price fluctuations in the Chinese stock markets. We also illustrate the connection of such stock price decomposition with several general equilibrium asset pricing models and show that the decomposition results can potentially offer useful insights with regard to the empirical relevance of asset pricing models. We use quarterly data of the Chinese A-Share equity market over the period 1995Q3-2011Q1 and find that the estimates of the state-space model suggest that the expected return is the primary driving force behind price fluctuations in the Chinese stock market. We show that the time-varying expected returns appear to be counter-cyclical and this result seems to be consistent with the habit formation model of Campbell and Cochrane [1999. By force of habit: A consumption-based explanation of aggregate stock market behavior. Journal of Political Economy 107, no. 2: 205-51.]. However, we also note that there is a great deal of uncertainty with respect to this variance decomposition due to the resulting small signal-to-noise ratio in the estimated state-space model.

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  • Zhenhua Su & Jun Ma & Mark E. Wohar, 2014. "Sources of the stock price fluctuations in Chinese equity market," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(7-9), pages 829-846, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:20:y:2014:i:7-9:p:829-846
    DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2012.671779

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    1. Michael O'Neill & Kent Wang & Zhangxin (Frank) Liu & Tom Smith, 2016. "A State-Price Volatility Index for China's Stock Market," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 56(3), pages 607-626, September.

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