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Impact of oil prices on firm stock return: industry-wise analysis

Rida Waheed (), Chen Wei (), Suleman Sarwar () and Yulan Lv ()
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Rida Waheed: Shandong University
Chen Wei: Shandong University
Suleman Sarwar: Shandong University
Yulan Lv: Shandong University

Empirical Economics, 2018, vol. 55, issue 2, No 16, 765-780

Abstract: Abstract The study investigates the impact of oil prices on firm-level stock returns in case of Pakistan over the period 1998–2014, as this relationship is neglected by the previous literature. By using the panel data estimation, the results of full sample indicate significant positive effect of oil price changes on firm stock returns in the same period, whereas the lagged oil price changes have significant negative effect on firms’ stock return. Moreover, the industry-level analysis also confirms the similar findings; results indicate significant positive impact of oil price on firms’ stock return in full sample, textile, chemical and miscellaneous industry, while the lagged oil price changes negatively affect the stock returns of full sample and all the industries except tobacco, jute and vanaspati industries. The study confirms that rise in oil price transfers a positive signal in the stock market that boosts the firm-level stock returns in Pakistan. In contrast to the negative shocks, the stock returns are significantly affected by the positive oil price shocks.

Keywords: Oil price; Firm-level return; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q43 C33 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s00181-017-1296-4

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