Macroeconomic News, Announcements, and Stock Market Jump Intensity Dynamics

44 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2006 Last revised: 6 Oct 2010

Date Written: July 15, 2010


This paper examines the effect of macroeconomic releases on stock market volatility through a Poisson-Gaussian-GARCH process with time varying jump intensity, which is allowed to respond to such information. It is found that the day of the announcement, per se, has little impact on jump intensities. Employment releases are an exception. However, when macroeconomic surprises are considered, inflation shocks show persistent effects while monetary policy and employment shocks show only short-lived effects. Also, the jump intensity responds asymmetrically to macroeconomic shocks. Evidence that macroeconomic variables are relevant to explain jump dynamics and improve volatility forecasts on event days is provided.

Keywords: Conditional Volatility, Conditional Jump Intensity, News Impacts, Announcement Effects, Nonlinear Time Series

JEL Classification: C22, G14

Suggested Citation

Rangel, Jose Gonzalo, Macroeconomic News, Announcements, and Stock Market Jump Intensity Dynamics (July 15, 2010). Journal of Banking and Finance, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Jose Gonzalo Rangel (Contact Author)

Banorte Financial Group

Prol. Reforma 1230
Mexico City, CDMX 05349

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