Institutional Trading and Share Returns

50 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2005 Last revised: 27 Feb 2011

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F. Douglas Foster

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

David R. Gallagher

Rozetta Institute

Adrian Looi

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance

Date Written: November 8, 2005

Abstract

Using a unique database of daily transactions from Australian equity managers, we investigate the relation between institutional trading and share returns. The 34 institutional investors included in our sample exhibit a statistically and economically significant ability to predict large capitalization share returns for the ten days following their trades. Detailed analysis indicates that investment manager style is important in understanding the link between institutional trading and stock returns. The contemporaneous relation between institutional trading and returns depends on trade size, broker use, and investment style. We find growth-oriented managers are momentum traders, while style-neutral and value managers are contrarian.

Keywords: Trading behavior, informed trading, market impact, institutional trading

JEL Classification: G14, G23

Suggested Citation

Foster, F. Douglas and Gallagher, David R. and Looi, Adrian, Institutional Trading and Share Returns (November 8, 2005). EFA 2005 Moscow Meetings, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=675502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.675502

F. Douglas Foster (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance ( email )

P.O. Box H58
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

David R. Gallagher

Rozetta Institute ( email )

Sydney

Adrian Looi

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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