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Media Sentiment and UK Stock Returns


  • Nicky J. Ferguson

    () (Durham Business School)

  • Jie Michael Guo

    () (Durham Business School)

  • Nicky Herbert Y.T. Lam

    () (Renmin University of China)

  • Dennis Philip

    () (Durham Business School)


This paper is the first to determine the effect that media sentiment has on stock returns for UK companies and tests whether there is any return predictability contained in the UK media sentiment data. We show that measures of positive and negative media sentiment have significant relationships with stock returns on the day news articles are published and that there is return predictability inherent in negative media sentiment the day following publication of media articles. We construct a news- based trading strategy to demonstrate the application of these results that earns significant positive abnormal returns.

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  • Nicky J. Ferguson & Jie Michael Guo & Nicky Herbert Y.T. Lam & Dennis Philip, 2011. "Media Sentiment and UK Stock Returns," Working Papers 2011_06, Durham University Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:dur:durham:2011_06

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    1. Siganos, Antonios, 2013. "Google attention and target price run ups," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 219-226.

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    media sentiment; stock returns; textual analysis; news-based trading strategy;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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