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Asymmetry in the Permanent Price Impact of Block Purchases and Sales: Theory and Empirical Evidence

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  • Alex Frino

    () (University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance)

  • Vito Mollica

    () (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia)

  • Maria Grazia Romano

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Statistiche, Università degli Studi di Salerno)

Abstract

This paper extends previous research which has examined the market impact of large transactions in bull and bear markets by examining the information effects of trades. Previous research has demonstrated that the information effects of buy trades are greater than the information effects of sell trades. We develop a theoretical model which predicts that this difference is greater in bear markets than bull markets, consistent with the (almost counter-intuitive) proposition that buy trades are relatively more informed in bear markets. Using a sample of trades executed on the NYSE in bull and bear market periods, we find evidence consistent with our primary theoretical model

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  • Alex Frino & Vito Mollica & Maria Grazia Romano, 2012. "Asymmetry in the Permanent Price Impact of Block Purchases and Sales: Theory and Empirical Evidence," Working Papers 3_225, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Statistiche, Università degli Studi di Salerno.
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    1. Chaturvedula, Chakrapani & Bang, Nupur Pavan & Rastogi, Nikhil & Kumar, Satish, 2015. "Price manipulation, front running and bulk trades: Evidence from India," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 26-45.

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    Keywords

    block trade; market impact; asymmetry;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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