Low-Latency Trading and Price Discovery: Evidence from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the Pre-Opening and Opening Periods

SAFE Working Paper No. 144

90 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2016 Last revised: 7 Jun 2017

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Mario Bellia

European Union - JRC-Ispra, European Commision

Loriana Pelizzon

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Jun Uno

Waseda University

Darya Yuferova

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Finance

Date Written: April 18, 2017

Abstract

We study whether the presence of low-latency traders (including high-frequency traders (HFTs)) in the pre-opening period contributes to market quality, defined by price discovery and liquidity provision, in the opening auction. We use a unique dataset from the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) based on server-IDs and find that HFTs dynamically alter their presence in different stocks and on different days. In spite of the lack of immediate execution, about one quarter of HFTs participate in the pre-opening period, and contribute significantly to market quality in the pre-opening period, the opening auction that ensues and the continuous trading period. Their contribution is largely different from that of the other HFTs during the continuous period.

Keywords: High-Frequency Traders (HFTs), Pre-Opening, Opening Call Auction, Price Discovery, Liquidity provision

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Bellia, Mario and Pelizzon, Loriana and Subrahmanyam, Marti G. and Uno, Jun and Yuferova, Darya, Low-Latency Trading and Price Discovery: Evidence from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the Pre-Opening and Opening Periods (April 18, 2017). SAFE Working Paper No. 144, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2841242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2841242

Mario Bellia

European Union - JRC-Ispra, European Commision ( email )

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Loriana Pelizzon (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Germany

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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Jun Uno

Waseda University ( email )

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Darya Yuferova

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Finance ( email )

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Norway

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