Size effect and stock returns in emerging markets: A test of marginal firm characteristics in Hong Kong stock market
Wilson E. Herbert (Professor of Accounting & Financial Management and Head of Financial Studies, School of Business, University of Derby, England)
Download Article | Published On 01/12/1996


This paper examines the relationship between firm capitalization and stock returns in Hong Kong stock market. In particular the study looks at the effect of small capitalization on stock returns in the context of the marginal firm characteristics. Major attributes of marginal firm behavior tested are poor dividend pay-out and high financial leverage. While these features might be evident in bear periods in Hong Kong stock market, the results in general contradict the notion that investors have the tendency of buying large capitalization stock in bear market periods.

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