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Day-Of-The-Week Effect In Us Biotechnology Stocks — Do Policy Changes And Economic Cycles Matter?

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  • SWARN CHATTERJEE

    (205, Dawson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602)

  • AMY HUBBLE

    () (205, Dawson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602)

Abstract

This study examines the presence of the day-of-the-week effect on daily returns of biotechnology stocks over a 16-year period from January 2002 to December 2015. Using daily returns from the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (NBI), we find that the stock returns were the lowest on Mondays, and compared to the Mondays the stock returns were significantly higher on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The day-of-the-week effect on returns of biotechnology stocks remained significant even after controlling for the Fama–French and Carhart factors. Moreover, the results from using the asymmetric generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedastic (GARCH) processes reveal that momentum and small-firm effect were positively associated with the market risk-adjusted returns of the biotechnology stocks during this period. The findings of our study suggest that active portfolio managers need to consider the day of the week, momentum, and small-firm effect when making trading decisions for biotechnology stocks. Implications for portfolio managers, small investors, scholars, and policymakers are included.

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  • Swarn Chatterjee & Amy Hubble, 2016. "Day-Of-The-Week Effect In Us Biotechnology Stocks — Do Policy Changes And Economic Cycles Matter?," Annals of Financial Economics (AFE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 11(02), pages 1-17, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:afexxx:v:11:y:2016:i:02:n:s2010495216500081
    DOI: 10.1142/S2010495216500081
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