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The Impact of Capital Structure on Stock Returns: International Evidence

Reza Tahmoorespour, Mina Ali-Abbar and Elias Randjbaran ()
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Reza Tahmoorespour: University Putra Malaysia
Mina Ali-Abbar: University Putra Malaysia
Elias Randjbaran: University Putra Malaysia

Hyperion Economic Journal, 2015, vol. 3, issue 1, 56-78

Abstract: This study examines the relationship between capital structure and stock returns of firms in the following eight countries in the Asia Pacific regionfor a period of 22 years from 1990 to 2012. The methodology is Panel Regression. The results indicate that the effect of capital structure depends on the nature of industry as well as market. In Australia, China, and Korea, return of companies in the Basic Material industry have negative relationship with debt to common equity. Long term debt to common equity positively affects the return of firms in Australia and Korea in the Basic Material industry.

Keywords: Capital structure; Stock return; Stock market; Industrial sector; Financial ratio; International markets; Panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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