The impacts of institutional ownership on stock returns

Hongwei Chuang

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The relation between institutional investors’ trading persistence and stock returns is still not clear. Despite the fact that previous studies have demonstrated the persistence of institutional trading can be short-term positively correlated with following stock returns, some empirical studies show that this short-term positive relation holds only under particular circumstances. Recently, Dasgupta et al. (J Finance 66:635–653, 2011) have even found that the persistence of institutional trading is associated with reversals in stock returns. To fill the gap in the literature, I use a unique monthly institutional ownership data to present new empirical evidence showing that institutional trading not only has a short-term positive impact on stock returns but can also have a long-term negative effect. Moreover, I find that stocks with the lower accumulated growth of institutional ownership tend to have greater momentum than stocks with higher such growth. A zero-investment strategy of buying stocks with ‘LOW’-decile institutional ownership and selling ‘HIGH’-decile ones can outperform the market and generate significant abnormal returns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-533
Number of pages27
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1


  • Herding
  • Institutional investors
  • Momentum effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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