Equity Price Discovery with Informed Private Debt

74 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2016 Last revised: 26 May 2019

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Jawad M. Addoum

Cornell University

Justin Murfin

Yale University - School of Management

Date Written: May 24, 2019


Equity markets fail to account for value-relevant non-public information enjoyed by syndicated loan participants and reflected in publicly-posted loan prices. A long-short strategy that buys (sells) the equities of firms whose loans have recently appreciated (depreciated) earns large risk-adjusted returns, suggesting a surprising and economically important level of segmentation across the same firm's capital structure. The information lag captured by trading strategy returns is not affected by drivers of firm-specific attention, including publication of loan returns in the Wall Street Journal. Instead, returns to the strategy are eliminated among equities held by mutual funds that also trade in syndicated loans.

Keywords: Syndicated loans, private information, stock returns, return predictability, market integration

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G21, G23

Suggested Citation

Addoum, Jawad M. and Murfin, Justin, Equity Price Discovery with Informed Private Debt (May 24, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2869452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2869452

Jawad M. Addoum (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Justin Murfin

Yale University - School of Management ( email )

135 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
United States

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