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Herding behaviour in an emerging market: Evidence from the Moscow Exchange

Edgars Rihards Indārs, Aliaksei Savin and Ágnes Lublóy

Emerging Markets Review, 2019, vol. 38, issue C, 468-487

Abstract: This study investigates the extent to which herding towards the market consensus for Russian stocks is driven by fundamental and non-fundamental factors. We find evidence that investors on the Moscow Exchange herd without any reference to fundamentals during unanticipated financial crises coupled with high uncertainty, in falling markets, and during days with extreme upward oil price movements. In contrast, in periods of high liquidity and on days of international sanction announcements during the Ukrainian crisis, herding behaviour is merely driven by fundamentals. In Russia, macroeconomic news releases induce both information-related herding and herding without any reference to fundamentals. These results suggest that motives of investors' herding behaviour vary under specific market conditions such as market trends, liquidity, uncertainty, arrival of new information, and oil price volatility.

Keywords: Herding; Emerging markets; Fundamental information (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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