On the Hidden Side of Liquidity
European Journal of Finance, Forthcoming
26 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2003 Last revised: 24 Mar 2015
Date Written: September 1, 2007
This paper deals with the informativeness of iceberg orders, also known as hidden limit orders (HLOs). Namely, we analyze how the market reacts when the presence of hidden volume in the limit order book is revealed by the trading process. We use high frequency book and transaction data from the Spanish Stock Exchange, including a large sample of executed HLOs. We show that just when hidden volume is detected, traders on the opposite side of the market become more aggressive, exploiting the opportunity to consume more than expected at the best quotes. However, neither illiquidity nor volatility increases in the short-term. Furthermore, the detection of hidden volume has no relevant price impact. Overall, our results suggest that market participants do not attribute any relevant informational content to the hidden side of liquidity.
JEL Classification: G1
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