Front Page News: The Effect of News Positioning on Financial Markets

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Abstract:

This paper estimates the effect of presentation of information on financial markets, using quasi-random variation in prominent "front page" positioning of news on the Bloomberg terminal. The front page and non-front page articles are indistinguishable by either algorithmic analysis or by the target audience of active finance professionals. Front page positioning induces 280% higher trading volumes and 180% larger price changes within the first ten minutes after publication. Front page articles also see a stronger price drift from these initial reactions for the next 30-45 minutes. Subsequently, non-front page news begins to catch up, but the incorporation of non-front page information is substantially more gradual. As a result, the initial effects of positioning persist for days after publication. The effects induced by positioning are even stronger than the differences between articles of varying editorial importance.

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Best Ph.D. Paper Award, 2017 European Finance Association
2017 WFA Cubist Systematic Strategies PhD Candidate Award for Outstanding Research
Finalist, 2016 Hillcrest Behavioral Finance Award

Last updated on 03/18/2018