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Price and earnings momentum in Australian stock returns

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Abstract

There is no prior published Australian research on earnings momentum and only one prior unpublished work of limited depth and scope. We provide some of the first Australian evidence on earnings momentum and revisit price momentum with the first Australian evidence of the behaviour of returns beyond 12 months. Price momentum is found to be a feature of this market, but there is some reversal of returns during the second year after portfolio formation, suggesting trend chasing behaviour. Earnings momentum is also present, but with weak continuation into the second year. Price momentum and earnings momentum are shown to provide independent explanatory power over future returns.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Qld, Australia

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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