The Cross-Market Information Content of Stock and Bond Order Flow

Posted: 7 Feb 2008

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In this paper I test the hypothesis that trading activity in the stock and bond markets contains important marketwide pricing information. Using a large sample of actively tradedstocks and U.S. Treasury securities, I find that aggregate order imbalances play a strong role in explaining cross-market returns. I interpret this as evidence that aggregate order flow reveals information about the risk preferences, beliefs, and endowments of the investor population that is relevant for pricing securities in both markets. I also find evidence that cross-market hedging is an important source of linkages across the two markets, especially during periods of elevated equity volatility.

Keywords: Cross-market, Order flow, Market microstructure

JEL Classification: G14, G19

Suggested Citation

Underwood, Shane, The Cross-Market Information Content of Stock and Bond Order Flow. Journal of Financial Markets, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Shane Underwood (Contact Author)

Baylor University ( email )

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