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Asymmetric effects of oil price shocks on stock returns: evidence from a two-stage Markov regime-switching approach

Huiming Zhu, Xianfang Su, Wanhai You and Yinghua Ren

Applied Economics, 2017, vol. 49, issue 25, 2491-2507

Abstract: The asymmetric effects of oil price shocks on stock returns have attracted the attention of many researchers in the past several decades. Most of these researchers’ studies, however, do not separate out the sources of oil price shocks when examining the asymmetric effects. In this article, we address this limitation using a two-stage Markov regime-switching approach. Our results indicate that oil supply and demand shocks have a null or minimal impact on stock returns in a low-volatility regime and a statistically significant impact in a high-volatility regime. We observe that oil demand shocks affect stock returns significantly more than oil supply shocks. A positive aggregate demand shock significantly increases stock returns, whereas a positive oil-specific demand shock markedly decreases stock returns. These results have important implications for policymakers and investors.

Date: 2017
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