Option Trading Activity, News Releases, and Stock Return Predictability

48 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2015 Last revised: 16 Aug 2022

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David Weinbaum

Syracuse University

Andy Fodor

Ohio University

Dmitriy Muravyev

Michigan State University - Department of Finance; Canadian Derivatives Institute

Martijn Cremers

University of Notre Dame; ECGI

Date Written: August 15, 2022


We examine which categories of option trading volume carry information about future stock prices around corporate news announcements. We predict and find that purchases of options are informative on news days and ahead of unscheduled events but not before scheduled events, and sales of options predict returns only ahead of scheduled news releases. Therefore, while the arrival of new information is an important reason why option volume predicts stock returns, this relation depends on whether the information is scheduled or unscheduled because only the former affects volatility and thus option prices. We also study how trading costs and margin costs affect ex post profitability around news.

Keywords: option trading, news releases, stock return predictability

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Weinbaum, David and Fodor, Andy and Muravyev, Dmitriy and Cremers, K. J. Martijn, Option Trading Activity, News Releases, and Stock Return Predictability (August 15, 2022). 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Research Conference in Finance (MARC), 28th Annual Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting, Management Science, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2544344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2544344

David Weinbaum

Syracuse University ( email )

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Andy Fodor (Contact Author)

Ohio University ( email )

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Dmitriy Muravyev

Michigan State University - Department of Finance ( email )

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