Consumer Confidence and Asset Prices: Some Empirical Evidence

Michael Lemmon, Evgenia Portniaguina
2006 The Review of financial studies  
We explore the time-series relationship between investor sentiment and the small-stock premium using consumer confidence as a measure of investor optimism. We estimate the components of consumer confidence related to economic fundamentals and investor sentiment. After controlling for the time variation of beta, we study the time-series variation of the pricing error with sentiment. Over the last 25 years, investor sentiment measured using consumer confidence forecasts the returns of small
more » ... urns of small stocks and stocks with low institutional ownership in a manner consistent with the predictions of models based on noise-trader sentiment. Sentiment does not appear to forecast time-series variation in the value and momentum premiums. (JEL G10, G12, G14) We thank Nicholas Bollen, Michael Cliff, Campbell Harvey (the editor), Avner Kalay, Scott Linn, Uri Lowenstein, William Megginson, an anonymous referee, and the seminar participants at
doi:10.1093/rfs/hhj038 fatcat:p4zvisooefajpdd6voi3rvom4i