Cash Flow News and Stock Price Dynamics

90 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2018 Last revised: 15 Nov 2019

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Davide Pettenuzzo

Brandeis University - International Business School

Riccardo Sabbatucci

Stockholm School of Economics; Swedish House of Finance

Allan Timmermann

UCSD ; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: November 11, 2019


We develop a new approach to modeling dynamics in cash flow data extracted from daily firm-level dividend announcements. We decompose daily cash flow news into a persistent component, jumps, and temporary shocks. Empirically, we find that the persistent cash flow component is a highly significant predictor of future growth in dividends and consumption. Using a log-linearized present value model, we show that news about the persistent dividend growth component helps predict stock returns consistent with asset-pricing constraints implied by this model. News about the daily dividend growth process also helps explain concurrent return volatility and the probability of jumps in stock returns.

Keywords: High-frequency cash flow news; predictability of dividend growth; present value model; dynamics and predictability of stock returns; Bayesian modeling

JEL Classification: G12, G17

Suggested Citation

Pettenuzzo, Davide and Sabbatucci, Riccardo and Timmermann, Allan, Cash Flow News and Stock Price Dynamics (November 11, 2019). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming; Swedish House of Finance Research Paper No. 18-10. Available at SSRN: or

Davide Pettenuzzo

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Allan Timmermann

UCSD ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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