Retail Attention, Institutional Attention
61 Pages Posted: 6 May 2019 Last revised: 11 Jan 2020
Date Written: April 12, 2019
Using direct investor attention proxies, we show that constrained investors follow a pecking order in allocating attention. While retail investors are attentive to both macroeconomic news and individual firms’ earnings announcements, macroeconomic news crowds out attention to earnings by 28.8%. Institutional attention is less constrained and exhibits no crowding-out effect. The lack of retail attention lowers the earnings announcement return responses by 15.8%, even when institutions are attentive. For high-retail-ownership stocks, macro news dampens earnings responses by 9.9%, especially when VIX is high. The findings suggest that the relative importance of retail vis-à-vis institutional investors affects equilibrium prices.
Keywords: Attention, retail investors, institutional investors, pecking order, crowding-out effect
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G12, G14
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