Determinant of Stock Market Prices in Nepal: A Case of Commercial Banks
Equity share investment is one of the key investment paths that provide significant returns for investors but, unusual stock price instability makes confusion for them, as well as troubles for policymakers and the government authorities. This study aims to identify the empirical variables that influence the stock market price in commercial banks for 2015/16 to 2019/20 using a set of dependent and independent variables. The study is based on 130 observations from 26 commercial banks (out of 27) in Nepal using a secondary source and the information obtained from annual reports. The descriptive and causal-comparative research design was employed. For that, mean, standard deviation, correlation and regression analysis techniques have been used. The results revealed that Market to Book proportion (M/B), Price-earnings proportion (P/E) and Earning Yield proportion (E/Y) have a significant positive association with the stock market price. In contrast, the Dividend Yield proportion (D/Y) has a positive but insignificant impact on the stock market price. The finding of this study is valuable to the curious investors, concerned bankers, academicians and government authorities, which help them to more about the stock marketâ€™s returns and likelihood in the country.
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