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I took the residual of a historical stock price $\hat e_t=r_t-\hat \mu_t$, where $r_t$ is the return of a stock and ran ACF and PACF. From the ACF I think that the residual does not follow AR or MA process, and the PACF shows slight MA. But I am new to this and I am not sure if my interpretation is correct.

What do you think?

The Ljung Box test gave Q-statistic of 87.5597

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which rejects the null that the autocorrelation coefficients are all zero. I used 40 lags here to be consistent with the ACF and PACF.

Does this contradict or confirm your intuition from visually inspecting ACF and PACF?

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    $\begingroup$ See + 1 2 3 4 5 $\endgroup$ – Glen_b Feb 22 '14 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Glen_b I just ran a Ljung-Box test (with 10 lags, as per the instructor asked) on STATA and the Q-statistic is 44.9364 which is significant, so I reject the null that all the autocorrelation coefficients are zero, and since 44.9364 is very significant, does that mean the residuals exhibit autocorrelation (at least up to 10 lags)? $\endgroup$ – user95087 Feb 23 '14 at 0:22
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like a different question; comments are not suitable for a series of questions and answers. Modify your question or post a new one. $\endgroup$ – Glen_b Feb 23 '14 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ I deleted my earlier comment; I had forgotten about the big spike in the AR at lag 7 (the plots are so large you can't look at them both at once - smaller plots are easier to look at simultaneously). $\endgroup$ – Glen_b Feb 23 '14 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Glen_b question updated, with 40 lags $\endgroup$ – user95087 Feb 23 '14 at 0:29

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