Stocks with low return volatility have high risk-adjusted returns, which might be driven by low media attention for such stocks. Using news coverage data we formally test whether the „attention-grabbing‟ hypothesis can explain the volatility effect for a sample of international stocks over the period 2001 to 2018. A low-volatility effect is still present for stocks with high media attention. Among stocks with high volatility, the amount of media attention is not associated with different risk-adjusted returns. Based on these findings, we reject the hypothesis that media attention is the driving force behind the volatility effect.

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Finance Research Letters
Department of Business Economics

Blitz, D.C, Huisman, Rob, Swinkels, L.A.P, & van Vliet, P. (2019). Media attention and the volatility effect. Finance Research Letters, forthcomin. Retrieved from