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Are Institutions Informed About News?

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  • Terrence HENDERSHOTT

    (University of California, Berkley)

  • Dmitry LIVDAN

    (University of California, Berkley)

  • Norman SCHUERHOFF

    (University of Lausanne and Swiss Finance Institute and CEPR)

Abstract

This paper combines daily non-public data on buy and sell volume by institutions from 2003 through 2005 for NYSE-listed stocks with all news announcements from Reuters. Natural language processing categorizes the sentiment associated with each news story. We use institutional order flow (buy volume minus sell volume) as a quantitative measure of net trading by institutions. We find evidence that institutional investors are informed: i) institutional trading volume predicts the occurrence of news announcements; ii) institutional order flow predicts the sentiment of the news; iii) institutional order flow predicts the stock market reaction on news announcement days; iv) institutional order flow predicts the stock market reaction on crisis news days; v) institutional order flow predicts earnings announcement surprises; and vi) institutions do not believe the hype.

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  • Terrence HENDERSHOTT & Dmitry LIVDAN & Norman SCHUERHOFF, 2014. "Are Institutions Informed About News?," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 14-49, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp1449
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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