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Does Islamic stock sensitivity to oil prices have economic significance?

Paresh Kumar Narayan, Dinh Hoang Bach Phan and Susan Sharma

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2019, vol. 53, issue C, 497-512

Abstract: This paper uses an extensive new dataset of 2178 Islamic stocks with historical monthly data (1986–2014) and examines their sensitivity to oil price changes. We find that only around 32% of these stocks react statistically significantly to oil prices, dispelling the common notion that oil prices affect the stock market homogeneously. We show that trading on oil price sensitivity offers investors annualized profits in the range of 5.8–13.6%. These results pass multiple robustness tests.

Keywords: Islamic stocks; Oil prices; Trading; Profits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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