Does cash flow predict returns?

Narayan,PK and Westerlund,J 2014, Does cash flow predict returns?, International review of financial analysis, vol. 35, pp. 230-236, doi: 10.1016/j.irfa.2014.10.001.

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Title Does cash flow predict returns?
Author(s) Narayan,PKORCID iD for Narayan,PK
Westerlund,JORCID iD for Westerlund,J
Journal name International review of financial analysis
Volume number 35
Start page 230
End page 236
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2014-10-01
ISSN 1057-5219
Keyword(s) Cash flow volatility
Panel data
Social Sciences
Business, Finance
Business & Economics
Summary In this paper, we propose the hypothesis that cash flow and cash flow volatility predict returns. We categorize firms listed on the New York Stock Exchange into sectors, and apply tests for both in-sample and out-of-sample predictability. While we find strong evidence that cash flow volatility predicts returns for all sectors, the evidence obtained when using cash flow as a predictor is relatively weak. Estimated profits and utility gains also suggest that it is cash flow volatility that is more relevant as a source of information than cash flow.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.irfa.2014.10.001
Field of Research 150202 Financial Econometrics
Socio Economic Objective 900102 Investment Services (excl. Superannuation)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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