Market operating leverage and expected stock returns

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This article's main goal is to analyze the impact of market operating leverage (OL) on expected stock returns. While OL has been analyzed substantially in the literature, the analysis of an aggregate measure is new. The article begins with a cross-section analysis of 184,280 firm-year US firms, after which a former literature analysis is confirmed with current data. Next, an Aggregate Operating Leverage (AOL) is constructed. AOL predicts market returns both in and out of sample. Moreover, AOL significantly predicts the S&P500 Index, which is also of great consequence to practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Corporate Accounting and Finance
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • asset pricing
  • market returns
  • operating leverage
  • stock returns

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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