Real oil prices and the international sign predictability of stock returns

Antti Harri Miikka Pönkä

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We study the role of real oil prices on the directional predictability of excess stock market returns in the U.S. and ten other countries using probit models. Previous studies have shown that oil price shocks have adverse effects on stock returns. We extend this literature by focusing on the sign component of excess returns. Our findings indicate that real oil prices are useful predictors of the direction of stock returns in a number of markets over and above commonly used predictors, but results vary substantially between countries. Interestingly, we find only limited evidence of asymmetric effects of oil price shocks.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHECER discussion papers
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2015
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

Fields of Science

  • 511 Economics
  • Probit model
  • equity return
  • real oil prices
  • sign predictability

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