Investor sentiment, credit rating, and stock returns

Jong Hwa Lee, Taeyoon Sung, Sung Won Seo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


We confront the distress risk puzzle. Conventionally, stocks with high distress risk should yield higher returns. However, this notion is found to be empirically inaccurate. We develop a stock-level investor sentiment measure and find that behaviors of individual investors affect the future excess returns of stocks despite the presence of distress risk. Our findings suggest that net buying by individual investors enhances our understanding of the negative relationship between credit ratings and future stock returns. To do so, we develop a cross-sectional measure of the investor sentiment for each individual stock at each month.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076-1092
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Review of Economics and Finance
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sung Won Seo and Jong Hwa Lee were supported by Korea Finance Association (industry-academia collaborative research with credit rating agencies) in 2017.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Investor sentiment, credit rating, and stock returns'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this