Seasonalities in China's Stock Markets: Cultural Or Structural?

Seasonalities in China's Stock Markets: Cultural Or Structural?

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In this paper, we examine returns in the Chinese A and B stock markets for evidence of calendar anomalies. We find that both cultural and structural (segmentation) factors play an important role in influencing the pricing of both A- and B-shares in China. There is some evidence of a February turn-of-the-year effect, partly owing to the timing of the Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY); and the holiday effect around the CNY period is stronger and more persistent compared with the other public holidays. The segmentation between the two markets is apparent in the day-of-the-week effect, where B stock markets tend to post significant negative returns on Tuesdays, corresponding with overnight developments in the United States, while significant negative returns are observed on Mondays in the A stock markets. Investment strategies based on some of these calendar anomalies, and allowing for transaction costs, suggest that the A stock markets tend to offer more economically significant returns.Evidence of such seasonalities is readily available for the well-established stock markets in the developed economies, as well as in some emerging market countries.2 The stock market in the Peoplea#39;s Republic of China (hereinafter referred toanbsp;...

Title:Seasonalities in China's Stock Markets: Cultural Or Structural?
Author:Jason D. Mitchell, Li L. Ong
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2006-01-01


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