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The information content of trading halts

  • Jiang, Christine
  • McInish, Thomas
  • Upson, James

We investigate the impact of trading halts of NYSE-listed stocks on informationally related securities that continue to trade during the period of the halt. Informational relationships are established for companies in the same four-digit SIC industry based on the correlation of returns, volume, volatility, and the adverse selection components of spreads. We find a significant liquidity impact on informationally related securities with spreads and price impact of trades having substantial increases. However, we also find that quoted depths, the number of trades, and trade volume significantly increase. Our results are consistent with the trading halt model of Spiegel and Subrahmanyam [2000. Asymmetric information and news disclosure rules. Journal of Financial Intermediation 9, 363-403] and with the informed trading model of Tookes [2008. Information, trading, and product market interactions: cross-sectional implications of informed trading. Journal of Finance 63, 379-413]. In addition, our results indicate that there is a common liquidity response of informationally related securities to firm-specific trading halts.

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Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 703-726

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