Overnight Returns, Daytime Reversals, and Future Stock Returns
73 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2019
Date Written: September 1, 2021
A higher frequency of positive overnight returns followed by negative trading day reversals during a month suggests a more intense daily tug of war between opposing investor clienteles, who are likely composed of noise traders overnight and arbitrageurs during the day. We show that a more intense daily tug of war predicts higher future returns in the cross section. Additional tests support the conclusion that, in a more intense tug of war, daytime arbitrageurs are more likely to discount the possibility that positive news arrives overnight and thus overcorrect the persistent upward overnight price pressure.
Keywords: Opening price, overnight return, daytime reversal, heterogeneous investors, retail traders, arbitrageurs.
JEL Classification: D82, G14, G19
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