Investor Sentiment, Soccer Games and Stock Returns
26 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 1, 2015
This study examines two determinants of investor sentiment (ex-ante evaluation of future value-related events and ex-post reaction to event outcomes) using the data on soccer games and betting odds. Results suggest that the magnitude and the character of investor reactions vary considerably after the release of negative and positive information on soccer games. Bad news generates a larger price response than good news; implying post-event irrational investor behavior and sentiment-induced overreaction. Moreover, negative news is more slowly absorbed by the stock market than positive news due to psychological biases and lack of information salience around negative results. Finally, share prices are triggered to a larger extent by post-announcement investor irrationality than by pre-event expectation.
Keywords: Investor sentiment, Soccer, Sports betting, Market efficiency
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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