The Empirical Analysis of Index Effect in Chinese Stock Market: Based on the SHSZ 300 Index

  •  Yanan He    
  •  Zongjun Wang    


Index effect is an abnormal phenomenon in the security market. It is contrary to the efficient market hypothesis (EMH) and has been well-observed in mature markets. As an emerging market, China plays a more and more essential role in the world. In 2005, first composite index—the SHSZ 300 Index, which combines Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets was launched in China and got the chasing of investors since then. We attempt to find the performance of index effect in this newly index and we are interested in whether this so-called composite index is more perfect than the traditional single-market index in China or not. Furthermore, we will determine the stage of development of Chinese stock market with an international perspective.

The result exhibits that the SHSZ 300 Index has a significant index effect around announcement date (AD) and relatively weak index effect on effective date (ED), corresponded with the price pressure hypothesis. Investors can make extra profit from this effect. In the meantime, this composite index shows its superiority compared to single-market index for showing the entire stock market. On the other hand, it is still at the early stage compared with the mature market all over the word.


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