Do Stock Prices Follow Random Walks: An Analysis of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

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Abstract or Description

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the random walk hypothesis in the context of stocks traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). Using a volatility based specification test developed by Lo and McKinlay (1988), we conclude that the stock prices for small firms do not follow a random walk. To determine if this deviation from random walks is associated with long-range dependence, we estimate and analyze the modified "range over standard deviation" statistic constructed by Lo (1991). The results of this analysis suggest that short-term memory is most likely the reason for the observed structure of returns.