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From Hero to Zero: Evidence of Performance Reversal and Speculative Bubbles in German Renewable Energy Stocks

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  • Martin Bohl
  • Philipp Kaufmann
  • Patrick Stephan

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Stocks of German renewable energy companies have commonly been regarded as lucrative investment opportunities. Their innovative line of business initially seemed to promise considerable future earnings. As shown by two powerful bubble tests, the positive sentiment for renewable energy stocks even led to explosive price behavior in the mid-2000s. However, intense sector competition and the economic downturn following the global financial crisis erased profit margins to a large extent. As a result, the former fad stocks have recently turned into losers, loading negatively on price momentum and delivering significantly negative Carhart (1997) four-factor alphas. The radical shift in Germany's energy policy following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan could thus only temporarily halt the continuing decline in alternative energy stock prices.

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  • Martin Bohl & Philipp Kaufmann & Patrick Stephan, 2012. "From Hero to Zero: Evidence of Performance Reversal and Speculative Bubbles in German Renewable Energy Stocks," CQE Working Papers 2412, Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster.
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    Keywords

    Renewable Energy Stocks; Performance Measurement; Speculative Bubbles; Sup ADF Test; Markov Regime-Switching ADF Test;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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