Weak-Form Market Efficiency: Evidence from the Brazilian Stock Market

  •  Chien-Ping Chen    
  •  Massoud Metghalchi    


We investigate the predictive power of various trading rules with different combinations of the most popular indicators in technical analysis for the Brazilian stock index (BOVESPA) over the period of 5/1/1996 to 3/1/2011, or 14.83 years. The empirical results show that all the buy-sell differences under single, double and triple-indicator combinations are insignificant in t-test; that is, technical trading models cannot beat the buy and hold strategy. Although few multiple-indicator trading models show profitability, their predictive power is eliminated after considering the possible interest earning from money market in the days out of stock market. The results support strongly the weak form of market efficiency for the Brazilian stock market.

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