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Herding behavior in the Pakistan stock exchange: Some new insights

Mohay Ud Din Shah, Attaullah Shah () and Safi Ullah Khan

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 865-873

Abstract: This study attempts to examine the presence of herding behavior in the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). The novel contribution of this paper is that it investigates the herding phenomenon from a large number of facets such as herding of firms towards market, herding of firms towards industry portfolios, herding of industry portfolios towards market, herding in mostly traded stocks and in large and small stocks, and herding in the crisis period. For this purpose, we use the herding behavior model of Christie and Huang (1995) on the daily closing prices data of 609 firms listed on the PSX from January 2004 to December 2013. Results show that individual firms do not herd towards market index, except when the market experiences a negative return of 5%. However, when we sort firms into small and large groups based on median market capitalization, results indicate that large firms show herding behavior in extreme market movements. Further, we find that firms in several industries herd towards their industry portfolios. However, we find weak evidence of industry portfolios herding towards the market. We also segregate the impact of financial crisis of 2008 from normal times. These findings support results of our baseline estimation.

Keywords: Herding behavior; Emerging markets; Small and large firms; Industry portfolios; Up and down markets; Pakistan Stock Exchange; PSX; Behavioral finance; Asymmetric behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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