A novel (U)MIDAS-SVR model with multi-source market sentiment for forecasting stock returns

  • Qifa Xu
  • Liukai Wang
  • Cuixia JiangEmail author
  • Yezheng Liu
Original Article


From the point view of behavioral finance, market sentiment plays an important role in forecasting stock returns. How to accurately measure the impact of market sentiment is a challenge work. Two issues on nonlinear relationship and mixed-frequency data have to be addressed. To this end, we introduce methods of mixed-frequency data into SVRs and develop a novel (U)MIDAS-SVR model. It can be estimated by solving the Lagrange duality technique of quadratic programming. We then apply the (U)MIDAS-SVR model to predict weekly returns of SHSE and SZSE in China using the mixed-frequency market sentiment as covariates. The empirical results show that the (U)MIDAS-SVR model is promising and MIDAS-SVR is superior to those competing models in terms of MAE and RMSE. In addition, we design seven scenarios by considering different data source combinations and find that the multi-source market sentiment is helpful to improve forecasting performance on stock returns.


Mixed-frequency data Support vector regression (U)MIDAS-SVR Market sentiment 



The authors are grateful to the Editor-in-Chief, the Associate Editor, and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments and constructive guidance. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of PR China (71671056, 91846201).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementHefei University of TechnologyHefeiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Process Optimization and Intelligent Decision-MakingMinistry of EducationHefeiPeople’s Republic of China

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