Stock Price Comovement and the Market for Information

Travis Box

University of Mississippi - Department of Finance

June 10, 2014

I introduce an approach for the empirical analysis of asset price comovement that relates the inter-firm textual similarity of news reports to their equity return correlation. I find that this measure of information environment similarity can predict an economically meaningful portion of future cross-firm price comovement even after accounting for the pair’s contemporaneous return correlation. I also demonstrate how the effectiveness of information environment similarity as predictor of comovement responds to aggregate market states, and offer empirical support for an existing theory of information driven comovement. Finally, I explore the financial media’s role as a provider of information about individual firm systematic risk.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: Comovement, Dynamic Panel Estimation, Textual Analysis, Correlation

JEL Classification: C33, C53, D83, G00, G11, G12, G14

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Date posted: September 4, 2012 ; Last revised: June 11, 2014

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Box, Travis, Stock Price Comovement and the Market for Information (June 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2139708 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2139708

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University of Mississippi - Department of Finance ( email )
Oxford, MS 38677
United States
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