Asymmetry in the distribution of daily stock returns

  • Walter KrämerEmail author


When plotting aggregated daily stock returns with absolute value less than x against x, a typical spoon-shaped pattern emerges which indicates a special type of asymmetry. This pattern disappears when individual returns are averaged; it is also absent in stock price indices, which points to explanations based on firm-specific drivers of returns.


Small returns Skewness Firm effects 

JEL Classification

C4 G12 G14 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät StatistikTechnische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany

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