Arbitrage Trading: The Long and the Short of It Academic Article uri icon


  • © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Society for Financial Studies. All rights reserved. We examine net arbitrage trading (NAT) measured by the difference between quarterly abnormal hedge fund holdings and abnormal short interest. NAT strongly predicts stock returns in the cross-section. Across ten well-known stock anomalies, abnormal returns are realized only among stocks experiencing large NAT. Exploiting Regulation SHO, which facilitated short selling for a random group of stocks, we present causal evidence that NAT has stronger return predictability among stocks facing greater limits to arbitrage. We also find large returns for anomalies that arbitrageurs chose to exploit despite capital constraints during the 2007-09 financial crisis. We confirm our findings using daily data.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, Y., Da, Z., & Huang, D.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • April 2019