Price declines over the previous quarter lead to stronger reversals across the subsequent two months. We explain this finding based on the dual notions that liquidity provision can influence reversals, and agents that act as de facto liquidity providers may be less active in past losers. Supporting these observations, we find that active institutions participate less in losing stocks, and that the magnitude of monthly return reversals fluctuates with changes in the number of active institutional investors. Thus, we argue that fluctuations in liquidity provision with past return performance accounts for the link between return reversals and past returns.
|Number of pages||47|
|Journal||Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis|
|Publication status||Accepted - 2015|
Cheng, S., Hameed, A., Subrahmanyam, A., & Titman, S. (Accepted/In press). Short-Term Reversals: The Effects of Past Returns and Institutional Exits. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2389408