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Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers: Implications for Stock Market Efficiency

Narasimhan Jegadeesh and Sheridan Titman

Journal of Finance, 1993, vol. 48, issue 1, 65-91

Abstract: This paper documents that strategies that buy stocks that have performed well in the past and sell stocks that hav e performed poorly in the past generate significant positive returns o ver three- to twelve-month holding periods. The authors find that the profitability of these strategies are not due to their systematic risk or to delay ed stock price reactions to common factors. However, part of the abnorm al returns generated in the first year after portfolio formation dissipates in the following two years. A similar pattern of returns around the earnings announcements of past winners and losers is also documented. Copyright 1993 by American Finance Association.

Date: 1993
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