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Are Indian stock returns predictable?

Paresh Kumar Narayan and Deepa Bannigidadmath

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2015, vol. 58, issue C, 506-531

Abstract: In this paper we show that Indian stock returns, based on industry portfolios, portfolios sorted on book-to-market, and on size, are predictable. While we discover that this predictability holds both in in-sample and out-of-sample tests, predictability is not homogenous. Some predictors are important than others and some industries and portfolios of stocks are more predictable and, therefore, more profitable than others. We also discover that a mean combination forecast approach delivers significant out-of-sample performance. Our results survive a battery of robustness tests.

Keywords: Stock returns; Predictability; Profits; Sectors; Rational asset pricing; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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