COVID-19 AND STOCK RETURNS: EVIDENCE FROM MALAYSIA

  • Saw Imm Song Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Pulau Pinang
  • Erimalida Yazi Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak
  • Fareiny Morni Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak
  • Jennifer Tunga Janang Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Abstract

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus or Covid-19 has affected the world unprecedentedly. Malaysia is not exempted from its impact. The Malaysian government announced a nationwide lockdown in the middle of March 2020. The magnitude of the outbreak had caused panic to the public and financial panic in the stock market. This study examined the impact of Covid-19 cases and the action taken by the government through movement control orders (MCOs) and economic stimulus packages in the stock market. Event study methodology was used to assess the impact of Covid-19 on stock returns in Bursa Malaysia. Consistent with the efficient market hypothesis, the study found that during the early stages of the MCOs, the cumulative average abnormal returns (CAAR) reflected significant negative returns. However, it showed positive returns after MCO 3 and MCO 4. The results implied that the market perceived that the pandemic was under control. The study also revealed a significant relationship between CAAR and the number of cases announced, supporting the notion that in a less to a moderately free country such as Malaysia, investors showed a certain lack of trust in the number of cases reported by the authorities, and thus overreacted to the number of reported cases. The stimulus packages that were expected to stabilise the economy and society were found to be positively significant during the early stages of the MCOs.

Author Biographies

Erimalida Yazi, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Fareiny Morni, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Senior Lecturer, Uiniversiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Pulau Pinang

Jennifer Tunga Janang, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Associate Professor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Sarawak

Published
2021-06-15
How to Cite
SONG, Saw Imm et al. COVID-19 AND STOCK RETURNS: EVIDENCE FROM MALAYSIA. International Journal of Banking and Finance, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 2, p. 111-140, june 2021. ISSN 1675-722X. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/ijbf/article/view/ijbf2021.16.2.5>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.32890/ijbf2021.16.2.5.