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Can stock message board sentiment predict future returns? Local versus nonlocal posts

Yen-Cheng Chang, Ran Shao and Na Wang

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 2022, vol. 34, issue C

Abstract: Using textual analysis of stock message board posts, we find that investors’ sentiment expressed through messages can predict future one-day stock returns. For small stocks, message board sentiment can predict up to two-day cumulative future returns. This increased predictive power on small stocks is restricted mainly to local posts, which originate from the provinces in which stocks’ headquarters are located. Nonlocal posts exhibit a stronger trend-chasing sentiment than local posts. Furthermore, we find no evidence of the long-term predictive power of message board sentiment. Overall, our findings support the short-term information advantages of local investors.

Keywords: Stock message board; Investor sentiment; Local versus nonlocal posts; Return predictability; Small stocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G14 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbef.2022.100625

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