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Stylized facts of the daily and monthly returns for the European stock indices during 2007-2012


  • Panait, Iulian
  • Constantinescu, Alexandru


Our paper presents a set of stylized empirical facts resulted from the statistical investigation of the daily and monthly price variations of European stock market indices during the period April 2007 - March 2012. We study 21 regional and global stock market indices calculated by MSCI Barra, divided into three categories: mature, emerging and frontier markets. Our analysis confirms some of the conclusions of previous similar researches but also identifies some particularities for the monthly returns.

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  • Panait, Iulian & Constantinescu, Alexandru, 2012. "Stylized facts of the daily and monthly returns for the European stock indices during 2007-2012," MPRA Paper 44249, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44249

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    1. Corina Maria Ene & Carmen Marilena Uzlau & Iulian Panait, 2013. "Stylized Facts Of The Daily, Weekly And Monthly Returns On Bucharest Stock Exchange During 2007-2012," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 1(15), pages 1-15.

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    stock returns; stylized facts; beta; emerging markets; frontier markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions
    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics


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