Corporate fraud risk and stock market performance

Jaroszek, Lena ; Niessen-Ruenzi, Alexandra ; Ruenzi, Stefan

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: SSRN Working Paper Series
Place of publication: Rochester, NY
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Corporate Governance (Niessen-Ruenzi 2012-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: In this paper we investigate the impact of fraud risk -- measured by the probability for earnings overstatements -- on a firms future stock market performance. Based on an out-of-sample estimation of individual firms' fraud risk, we find that stocks with higher fraud risk earn significantly lower stock market returns. A trading strategy going long in stocks of firms with low fraud risk and short in stocks of firms with high fraud risk delivers a statistically significant alpha of more than 10% per year. This result is robust to controlling for differences in firms' liquidity, downside risk, or investor preferences. Our results suggest that the market does not efficiently price corporate fraud risk. Limits of arbitrage do not explain our results. Furthermore, abnormal returns are higher after periods of high sentiment, suggesting that the return patterns documented here constitute an anomaly.

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