Market Reactions to the Arrival and Containment of COVID-19: An Event Study

1 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2020 Last revised: 4 Sep 2020

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Kim J. Heyden

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Thomas Heyden

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP - PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH

Date Written: August 4, 2020

Abstract

We study the short-term market reactions of US and European stocks during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employing an event study, we document that stocks react significantly negatively to the announcement of the first death in a given country. While our results suggest that the announcements of country-specific fiscal policy measures negatively affect stock returns, monetary policy measures have the potential to calm markets. These reactions are either intensified or lessened by firm-specific characteristics such as tangible assets, liquidity, and institutional holdings.

Keywords: Market Efficiency, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Event Study, Policy Response, Crisis Stock Market

JEL Classification: G14, G18, E50, E52, E62

Suggested Citation

Heyden, Kim J. and Heyden, Thomas, Market Reactions to the Arrival and Containment of COVID-19: An Event Study (August 4, 2020). Finance Research Letters, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587497 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3587497

Kim J. Heyden

Justus Liebig University Giessen ( email )

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Giessen, 35394
Germany

Thomas Heyden (Contact Author)

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP - PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH ( email )

Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaf
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37
Frankfurt, D-60327
Germany

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