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Seasonality in Momentum Profits: Evidence from the Indian Stock Market

Journal of Commerce and Accounting Research

Volume 4 Issue 3 & 4

Published: 2015
Author(s) Name: Supriya Maheshwari, Raj S. Dhankar | Author(s) Affiliation: Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
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The paper investigates Indian momentum profitability along with its performance stability round the year using the stock price data from National Stock Exchange (NSE). Results show evidence in favour of momentum profitability over the sample period from 1997 to 2013. Moreover, the momentum performance is not specific to any particular month suggesting no influence of calendar on momentum anomaly in the Indian stock market, though momentum strategies performed differently in different calendar months, with particularly strong negative returns in the month of May. However, no statistically significant difference was observed among the mean monthly momentum returns across calendar months. Contrary to the US market findings, no January or similar April seasonality is observed in the Indian momentum profits suggesting some unique characteristics of Indian momentum profitability. In nutshell, the results from the study suggest support in favour of practical implementation of momentum strategies throughout the year in the Indian stock market.

Keywords: Momentum Effect, Indian Stock Market, Calendar Effect, January Effect, April Effect

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