Understanding short selling activity in the hospitality industry
Kot,Hung Wan1; Chen,Ming Hsiang2; Cheung,Adrian (Wai Kong)3; Huang,Haiyu4
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
ABS Journal Level3

The objective of the study is to examine short selling activity in the hospitality industry. Using short interest from 1996 to 2015 in airline, gambling, hotel and restaurant firms, we analyze their demand and supply factors for short selling. Results from multivariate regression reveal five interesting findings. First, short sellers short their hospitality stocks because of overvaluation, arbitrage and hedging from stock options and convertible bonds. Second, short sellers follow momentum strategies and short more stocks if there is a large divergence in investors’ opinions. Third, for the supply side, the level of institutional ownership has a positive effect on short selling, but its concentration has a negative effect. Fourth, the test results of the sub-periods and individual industries show that the supply side is quite similar but there is a large variation in demand-side variables. Finally, heavily shorted hospitality stocks have poor future one-year performance.

KeywordDemand Future Stock Returns Hospitality Industry Short Selling Supply
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectHospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism
WOS IDWOS:000494883100014
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Document TypeJournal article
Corresponding AuthorHuang,Haiyu
Affiliation1.Faculty of Business Administration,University of Macau,Avenida da Universidade,,Taipa,China
2.School of Hospitality Business Management,Carson College of Business,Washington State University,,Pullman,99164-4742,United States
3.Flinders Business,College of Business,Governance and Law,Flinders University,,Australia
4.School of Management,Xiamen University,,Xiamen,361005,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
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Kot,Hung Wan,Chen,Ming Hsiang,Cheung,Adrian ,et al. Understanding short selling activity in the hospitality industry[J]. International Journal of Hospitality Management,2019,82:136-148.
APA Kot,Hung Wan,Chen,Ming Hsiang,Cheung,Adrian ,&Huang,Haiyu.(2019).Understanding short selling activity in the hospitality industry.International Journal of Hospitality Management,82,136-148.
MLA Kot,Hung Wan,et al."Understanding short selling activity in the hospitality industry".International Journal of Hospitality Management 82(2019):136-148.
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