Price Momentum and Trading Volume

  • Author(s): Charles M.C. Lee, Bhaskaran Swaminathan
  • Published: Dec 17, 2002
  • Pages: 2017-2069
  • DOI: 10.1111/0022-1082.00280

This study shows that past trading volume provides an important link between ‘momentum’ and ‘value’ strategies. Specifically, we find that firms with high (low) past turnover ratios exhibit many glamour (value) characteristics, earn lower (higher) future returns, and have consistently more negative (positive) earnings surprises over the next eight quarters. Past trading volume also predicts both the magnitude and persistence of price momentum. Specifically, price momentum effects reverse over the next five years, and high (low) volume winners (losers) experience faster reversals. Collectively, our findings show that past volume helps to reconcile intermediate‐horizon ‘underreaction’ and long‐horizon ‘overreaction’ effects.

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