Title

Aggregate investor sentiment and stock return synchronicity

Source of Publication

Journal of Banking and Finance

Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. We show that the returns of individual stocks become more synchronous with the aggregate market during periods of high investor sentiment. We also document that the effect of sentiment on stock return synchronicity is especially pronounced for small, young, volatile, non-dividend-paying and low-priced stocks. This ‘difference in difference’ suggests that stocks with these characteristics are affected more by sentiment—consistent with previous studies. Our results support the hypothesis that greater constraints on arbitrage and the prevalence of sentiment-driven demand during periods of high sentiment lead to increased comovement among stocks.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2019

DOI

10.1016/j.jbankfin.2019.105628

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