News-induced Dynamic Networks for Market Signaling: Understanding Impact of News on Firm Equity Value

Information Systems Research, 2020

41 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2020

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Kun Chen

Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Finance

Xin Li

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Information Systems

Peng Luo

Sichuan University - Business School

J. Leon Zhao

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Firm relations, which inform competitive environments of firms, are critical to firm operations and are often factored into investor decisions. Previous studies and practices have considered relatively stable and long-term business relations as an indicator of firm market value. Public news often reports on business relations, especially dynamic and short-term opportunities and challenges involving different partners. Learning about firm relations from news is commonly done by human investors but has not been studied systematically in previous research, leading to a research opportunity in market signaling via dynamic firm relations. In this study, we propose a new approach to market signaling by leveraging text-mining methods to extract co-benefit/counter-benefit networks based on firms’ mutual or conflicting interests in business events. We find that the resulting networks in the long term are partially aligned with firm co-operation and competition relationships, confirming their semantic implications for investor perception and attention. Our empirical study further shows that dynamic networks formed in short time period (measured by firm centrality in networks) have significant impacts on firm equity value, after controlling for market activities and other information from news, such as volume, sentiment, and co-mentions. We show that dynamic networks can provide additional value in predicting firm equity value over stable networks. Moreover, the negative effects of counter-benefit networks emerge rapidly and persist longer than the positive effects of co-benefit networks. This study provides new insights into investor perception of news and suggests new research directions for financial text mining. Our research findings on market signaling via news-induced networks also have impact on financial practices, such as market analysis and automatic trading.

Keywords: Dynamic Network, Financial Text Mining, Competitive Environment, Investor Attention, Firm Equity Value

Suggested Citation

Chen, Kun and Li, Xin and Luo, Peng and Zhao, J. Leon, News-induced Dynamic Networks for Market Signaling: Understanding Impact of News on Firm Equity Value (2020). Information Systems Research, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3661982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3661982

Kun Chen (Contact Author)

Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Finance ( email )

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Xin Li

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Information Systems ( email )

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Kowloon
Hong Kong

Peng Luo

Sichuan University - Business School ( email )

China

J. Leon Zhao

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen ( email )

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