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News media and investor sentiment over the long run

Alan J. Hanna, John D. Turner and Clive Walker

No 2017-06, QUCEH Working Paper Series from Queen's University Belfast, Queen's University Centre for Economic History

Abstract: This paper studies the effect of investor sentiment on the London stock market on a daily basis over the period 1899 to 2010. We use a broad mix of reporting from the Financial Times as our proxy for investor sentiment. The main contribution of this paper is threefold. First, newspaper commentary, which was sentiment-laden, but information-light, in the Financial Times affects returns. Second, we find evidence that sentiment plays a role in propagating price movements, particularly during bull markets. Third, we find little evidence that the effect of sentiment on the market differs in bear versus bull markets.

Keywords: news media; investor sentiment; stock market; bull; bear (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 N23 N24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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