Time-Frequency Analysis of Crude Oil and S&P500 Futures Contracts
Quantitative Finance, Vol.12, No. 12, 2012
Posted: 12 Apr 2014
Date Written: 2012
We use frequency-domain techniques, namely wavelets and cross-spectra, to examine the association between the daily prices of crude oil futures and daily S&P500 futures closing prices over the past several decades. We investigate contemporaneous and lag-lead relationships in levels and returns. It is our belief that the wavelet and cross-spectral analyses employed in this paper offer insights regarding the relationship between oil prices and stock returns that are not apparent from a conventional time-domain framework. Our findings cast doubt on the purported negative relationship between oil and the U.S. stock market. Our analysis suggests that oil prices lead oil volume, and S&P500 trading volume leads S&P500 prices.
Keywords: Wavelets in finance, Comovements, Financial futures, Commodity prices, Cross-spectrum in finance
JEL Classification: C1, C14, G1, G10, G13
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