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Trading Activities and Cross-Sectional Variation in Stock Expected Return: Evidence from Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange

DOI: 10.5539/ibr.v2n2p29

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Trading activity has been considered as one of the possible factor that explains the cross-sectional variation in stock returns. In this study I use trading volume as a possible measure to proxy for liquidity as part of the trading activity. Monthly observations were used over a period 1995 to 2005 to examine the liquidity effect on stock expected returns. Based on findings it is appeared that level of liquidity does matter in explaining the expected stock returns in Malaysian capital market. While Fama-french factors also provide important explanation for stock returns. But none of the second moment variables proxying liquidity appeared to be statistically significant. However, momentum effect apprearently explaining the cross-sectional variation in stock returns.

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