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Return reversal effect in Shanghai A share market

Krishna Reddy (Department of Finance, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
Muhammad Ali Jibran Qamar (Department of Finance, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology – Lahore Campus, Lahore, Pakistan)
Marriam Rao (Department of Management Sciences, University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 23 May 2019

Issue publication date: 23 May 2019




The existing literature about return reversal effect in Chinese stock markets is inconclusive and controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the presence of return reversal effect in the Shanghai A stock market.


The authors used the late-stage contrarian strategy of Malin and Bornholt (2013) for the period March 2011‒March 2016.


The results show that there is a long-term return reversal effect in the Shanghai A stock market for the period March 2011‒March 2016. When portfolios are in the formation period (P=24 months), the excess returns are significant in the holding period, Q=6, 9, 12, 24 months. Further, there is also a significant short-term momentum effect in the Shanghai A stock market. For the robustness check, a new reversal factor was introduced into the Fama‒French three-factor model. Results show that portfolios have a smaller size and have lower book-to-market ratios; the return reversal factor explains a portion of the abnormal returns and coefficient of the reversal effect is significant.

Research limitations/implications

The authors caution readers from generalizing the findings of this study, as the sample is small and the focus is only on A stocks listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.


The present research expands the current literature by providing a comprehensive information about the presence of the long-term and short-term return reversal effects in Shanghai A stock market. Furthermore, the Chinese stock markets have distinctive features in comparison to the developed stock markets in terms of government control, institutional structure, liquidity, cultural background, etc. Such differences affect the pattern in stock returns compared with those observed in developed stock markets. Contrary to previous studies, the present study also accounts for robustness checks. Finally, it also evaluates the possible reasons for the return reversal effect in the Shanghai market.



The authors are thankful to Dr Don Johnson (Editor, Managerial Finance) and anonymous reviewers for their time and insightful comments that helped to improve the manuscript.


Reddy, K., Qamar, M.A.J. and Rao, M. (2019), "Return reversal effect in Shanghai A share market", Managerial Finance, Vol. 45 No. 6, pp. 698-715.



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