Searching for Gambles: Gambling Sentiment and Stock Market Outcomes
55 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2015 Last revised: 13 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 10, 2018
Using Internet search volume for lottery-related keywords to capture gambling sentiment shifts, we show that when the overall gambling sentiment is high, investor demand for lottery-like stocks increases, stocks with lottery-like characteristics earn positive abnormal returns in the short-run, managers are more likely to announce stock splits to cater to the increased demand for low-priced lottery stocks, and IPOs perceived as lotteries earn higher first-day returns. Further, the sentiment-return relation is stronger among low institutional-ownership firms and in regions where gambling is more acceptable. These results support the view that gambling sentiment has a spillover effect on the stock market.
Keywords: Gambling sentiment; lottery-type stocks; investor attention; catering; stock splits; IPO first-day return
JEL Classification: G11; G12; G14
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