Media Attention, Macroeconomic Fundamentals, and the Stock Market

2016 ASU Sonoran Winter Finance Conference

2016 Northern Finance Association Conference

2016 China International Conference in Finance

63 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015 Last revised: 11 Jan 2017

Adlai J. Fisher

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Charles Martineau

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Students

Jinfei Sheng

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business

Date Written: November 27, 2016

Abstract

We construct indices of media attention to macroeconomic risks including employment, growth, inflation, monetary policy, and oil prices. Attention rises around macroeconomic announcements and following changes in fundamentals over quarterly, annual, and business cycle horizons. The effect is asymmetric, with bad news raising attention more than good news. Attention relates to the stock market in two ways. First, increases in aggregate trade volume and volatility coincide with rising attention, controlling for announcements. Second, changes in attention prior to the unemployment announcement predict both the announcement surprise and stock returns on the announcement day. We conclude that media attention to macroeconomic fundamentals provides useful information beyond the dates and contents of macroeconomic announcements.

Keywords: attention dynamics, macroeconomic fundamentals, stock market

JEL Classification: G12, E20

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Adlai J. and Martineau, Charles and Sheng, Jinfei, Media Attention, Macroeconomic Fundamentals, and the Stock Market (November 27, 2016). 2016 Northern Finance Association Conference; 2016 China International Conference in Finance. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703978

Adlai J. Fisher (Contact Author)

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Charles Martineau

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Students ( email )

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Jinfei Sheng

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business ( email )

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Canada

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