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The Demand-Driven Information Market

The Demand-Driven Information Market
Date:

Aug 1st, 2019

 

Place:

building 09.21, room 124

11:00 am

(deviating time and place)

Author:

Chinese University of Hon Kong (Shenzhen) 

Speaker:

Dan Li

Source:

Paper

Abstract:

We hypothesize a demand-driven information market where information production is tailored by investors’ investment constraints. Using a comprehensive data set of news releases and institutional equity holdings during the 2000–2016 period, we show that more negative (positive) news are produced for stocks overweighed (underweighted) by institutions. A natural experiment based on the 2003 mutual funds scandal confirms the negative relation between institutional investment constraints and news sentiment. The effect is more pronounced when the cost of information production is higher, especially when the distance between the information producer and a firm’s headquarter is larger. The asymmetry in information production causes stock returns to display negative skewness, increasing the probability for overweighed stocks to experience large negative price movement in the future.