Does Search Attention Index Explain the Portfolio Returns in India?

Munusamy Dharani, M. Kabir Hassan, Mohammad Abedin, Mohd Adib Ismail

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Employing asset-pricing models over the period 2012 to 2017, this study examines whether a search attention index (SAI) explains the variation in the weekly excess return of stocks. The study finds that the estimated abnormal return of a portfolio based on search intensity is significantly high for stocks with higher search intensity and low for stocks with lower search intensity. Further, the study observes that, when the SAI is high, the excess returns are high for stocks with a high value, high volatility, and high sensitivity. Interestingly, the study documents that in the Indian market investor attention is irrelevant for stocks with extremely high risk. This study finds that the SAI in India explains the variation in the excess return of stocks as well as the market, size, value, and momentum factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-239
JournalBorsa Istanbul Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


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