Dissecting Anomalies

Dissecting Anomalies

  • EUGENE F. FAMA
  • KENNETH R. FRENCH

Article first published online: 19th July 2008 DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2008.01371.x

Abstract


The anomalous returns associated with net stock issues, accruals, and momentum are pervasive; they show up in all size groups (micro, small, and big) in cross‐section regressions, and they are also strong in sorts, at least in the extremes. The asset growth and profitability anomalies are less robust. There is an asset growth anomaly in average returns on microcaps and small stocks, but it is absent for big stocks. Among profitable firms, higher profitability tends to be associated with abnormally high returns, but there is little evidence that unprofitable firms have unusually low returns.

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