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

Brandeis University - International Business School ( email )

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Riccardo Sabbatucci (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

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Allan Timmermann

UCSD ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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