Macro News and Stock Returns in the Euro Area: A VAR-GARCH-in-Mean Analysis

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Guglielmo Maria Caporale

Brunel University London - Department of Economics and Finance; London South Bank University; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Fabio Spagnolo

Brunel University London - Economics and Finance

Nicola Spagnolo

Brunel University London - Economics and Finance

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Date Written: July 31, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the effects of newspaper coverage of macro news on stock returns in eight countries belonging to the euro area (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) using daily data for the period 1994-2013. The econometric analysis is based on the estimation of a VAR-GARCH-in-mean model. The results can be summarised as follows. Positive (negative) news have significant positive (negative) effects on stock returns in all cases. Their volatility has a significant impact on both stock returns and volatility; specifically, an increase in news volatility is always associated with a decrease in stock returns. Markets are particularly responsive to negative news, and the reaction is bigger in the PIIGS countries, and during the recent crisis period.

Keywords: macro news, volatility spillovers, VAR-GARCH-in-mean model

JEL Classification: C32, F36, G15

Suggested Citation

Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Spagnolo, Fabio and Spagnolo, Nicola, Macro News and Stock Returns in the Euro Area: A VAR-GARCH-in-Mean Analysis (July 31, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4912. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2483007

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Nicola Spagnolo

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