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Price Clustering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange


  • Aslı Aşçıoğlu
  • Carole Comerton‐Forde
  • Thomas H. McInish


This paper examines price clustering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). Regardless of tick and lot size, prices ending in zero and five are the most popular. The TSE has no market makers or direct negotiation between traders; therefore, clustering is not explained by collusion or negotiation. Our evidence supports the attraction hypothesis. Clustering also extends to order book depth. There is evidence of strategic trading behavior as traders place orders one price tick better than zero and five to avoid queuing orders at prices ending in these digits. Strategic trading behavior declined and clustering increased when the market became anonymous.

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  • Aslı Aşçıoğlu & Carole Comerton‐Forde & Thomas H. McInish, 2007. "Price Clustering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange," The Financial Review, Eastern Finance Association, vol. 42(2), pages 289-301, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:42:y:2007:i:2:p:289-301
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6288.2007.00172.x

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