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The Behavior of Option Price around Large Block Transactions in the Underlying Security


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  • Kumar, Raman
  • Sarin, Atulya
  • Shastri, Kuldeep


This paper investigates the behavior of stock and option prices around block trades in stocks. The results indicate that for both uptick and downtick block trades the stock prices adjust within a fifteen minute period after the block trade. Moreover, for uptick blocks there is no evidence of any stock price reaction before the block trade. However, the adjustment of stock price for downtick blocks begins about fifteen minutes before the block trade. They also find that option price behavior differs considerably from stock price behavior. Specifically, the authors' results suggest that options exhibit abnormal price behavior starting thirty minutes before the block and ending one hour after the block. The pattern is more pronounced for downtick blocks and for put options. The authors interpret this abnormal price behavior of options before the block trade as consistent with intermarket frontrunning. Copyright 1992 by American Finance Association.

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Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal Journal of Finance.

Volume (Year): 47 (1992)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 879-89

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:47:y:1992:i:3:p:879-89

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  1. Cici, Gjergji & Palacios, Luis-Felipe, 2011. "On the use of options by mutual funds: Do they know what they are doing?," CFR Working Papers 11-08, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
  2. Cici, Gjergji & Palacios, Luis-Felipe, 2013. "On the use of options by mutual funds: Do they know what they are doing?," CFR Working Papers 11-08 [rev.], University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
  3. Maxime Charlebois & Stephen Sapp, 2007. "Temporal Patterns in Foreign Exchange Returns and Options," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 39(2-3), pages 443-470, 03.
  4. Kempf, Alexander & Korn, Olaf & Saßning, Sven, 2014. "Portfolio optimization using forward-looking information," CFR Working Papers 11-10 [rev.], University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
  5. Aragon, George O. & Spencer Martin, J., 2012. "A unique view of hedge fund derivatives usage: Safeguard or speculation?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 105(2), pages 436-456.
  6. Kempf, Alexander & Korn, Olaf & Saßning, Sven, 2011. "Portfolio optimization using forward-looking information," CFR Working Papers 11-10, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).


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