Price Discovery Without Trading: Evidence from the NASDAQ Pre-Opening
Posted: 11 Oct 1999
Date Written: July 21, 1999
This paper studies Nasdaq market makers' activities during the one-and-half hour pre-opening period. Price discovery during the pre-opening is conducted via price signaling as opposed to the auction used to open the NYSE or the continuous market used during trading. In the absence of trades, Nasdaq dealers use crossed and locked inside quotes to signal to other market makers which direction the price should move. Furthermore, we find evidence of price leadership among market makers that bears little resemblance to their IPO/SEO lead underwriter participation.
JEL Classification: G10, G12
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