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The option to stock volume ratio and future returns

  • Johnson, Travis L.
  • So, Eric C.
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    We examine the information content of option and equity volumes when trade direction is unobserved. In a multimarket asymmetric information model, equity short-sale costs result in a negative relation between relative option volume and future firm value. In our empirical tests, firms in the lowest decile of the option to stock volume ratio (O/S) outperform the highest decile by 0.34% per week (19.3% annualized). Our model and empirics both indicate that O/S is a stronger signal when short-sale costs are high or option leverage is low. O/S also predicts future firm-specific earnings news, consistent with O/S reflecting private information.

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    Volume (Year): 106 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 262-286

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