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Causality between investor sentiment and the shares return on the Moroccan and Tunisian financial markets

Chniguir Mounira and Henchiri Jamel Eddine

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Abstract: This paper aims to test the relationship between investor sentiment and the profitability of stocks listed on two emergent financial markets, the Moroccan and Tunisian ones. Two indirect measures of investor sentiment are used, SENT and ARMS. These sentiment indicators show that there is an important relationship between the stocks returns and investor sentiment. Indeed, the results of modeling investor sentiment by past observations show that sentiment has weak memory; on the other hand, series of changes in sentiment have significant memory. The results of the Granger causality test between stock return and investor sentiment show us that profitability causes investor sentiment and not the other way around for the two financial markets studied.Thanks to four autoregressive relationships estimated between investor sentiment, change in sentiment, stock return and change in stock return, we find firstly that the returns predict the changes in sentiments which confirms with our hypothesis and secondly, the variation in profitability negatively affects investor sentiment.We conclude that whatever sentiment measure is used there is a positive and significant relationship between investor sentiment and profitability, but sentiment cannot be predicted from our various variables.

Date: 2023-05
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Published in CHNIGUIR M. & HENCHIRI J.E.(2022) Causality between investor sentiment and the shares return on the Moroccan and Tunisian financial markets, Revue du controle, de la comptabilite et de laudit Volume 6: numero 4 pp: 350 -364

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