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Trading Volume, Information Asymmetry, and Timing Information

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  • JOON CHAE
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    This paper investigates trading volume before scheduled and unscheduled corporate announcements to explore how traders respond to private information. I show that cumulative trading volume decreases inversely to information asymmetry prior to scheduled announcements, while the opposite relation holds for volume after the announcement. In contrast, trading volume before unscheduled announcements increases dramatically and shows little relation to proxies for information asymmetry. I investigate the behavior of market makers and find that they act appropriately by increasing price sensitivity before all announcements, implying that they extract timing information from their order books. Copyright 2005 by The American Finance Association.

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

    Volume (Year): 60 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (02)
    Pages: 413-442

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:60:y:2005:i:1:p:413-442

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