Department of Economics and Business Economics

The 52-week high, q-theory, and the cross section of stock returns

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  • Thomas J. George, University of Houston
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  • Chuan Yang Hwang, Nanyang Business School
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  • Yuan Li

The Hou et al. (2015) q-factor model outperforms other factor models in capturing the price-to-high (PTH, the ratio of current price to 52-week high price) anomaly; that is, high-PTH stocks earn high future returns. PTH's relations with future profitability and future investment growth are both significantly positive, and they mirror PTH's relation with future returns in the cross section and by time horizons. Incorporating the information about future investment growth contained in price level variables (e.g., PTH) helps the q factors to capture better those anomalies rooted in future investment growth. Together, these results suggest that the PTH anomaly is consistent with the investment capital asset pricing model.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Pages (from-to)148-163
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

    Research areas

  • 52-week high, Anomalies, Investment growth, Profitability, q-factor model

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