Title

Pro-cyclical effect of sovereign rating changes on stock returns: a fact or factoid?

Source of Publication

Applied Economics

Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article examines the effect of changes in sovereign credit ratings and their outlook on the stock market returns of European countries at different phases of business cycle. Using standard four-factor model, it records a significant average marginal effect of credit rating announcements on stock market returns. Both magnitude and significance of the effect vary with business cycle and across announcement types. However, we do not find evidence of pro-cyclical effect of sovereign rating and outlook changes on stock returns. Our results show that stock markets react more negatively to rating downgrades in recovery phases and more positively to rating upgrades in contractionary period. Both results are statistically significant and robust to various sensitivity tests.

Document Type

Article

First Page

1588

Last Page

1601

Publication Date

3-28-2019

DOI

10.1080/00036846.2018.1527465

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