Divergence of sentiment and stock market trading
This paper introduces the concept of divergence of sentiment to the behavioral finance literature. We measure the distance between people with positive and negative sentiment on a daily basis for 20 countries by using data from status updates on Facebook. The prediction is that a higher divergence of sentiment leads to more diverging views on prospects and risks, and thus to more diverging views on the value of a stock. In line with this prediction, divergence of sentiment is positively related to trading volume. We further predict and find a positive relation between divergence of sentiment and stock price volatility. The observed relations are stronger when individual investors are more likely to trade. We compare the effect of our country-specific measures to a global measure of divergence of sentiment. We find that the separate effects of country-specific and global divergence measures depend on a country's level of market integration.
|Keywords||Disagreement models, Divergence of opinion, Market integration, Sentiment, Small investors|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbankfin.2017.02.005, hdl.handle.net/1765/98406|
|Series||ERIM Top-Core Articles|
|Journal||Journal of Banking & Finance|
Siganos, A, Vagenas-Nanos, E, & Verwijmeren, P. (2017). Divergence of sentiment and stock market trading. Journal of Banking & Finance, 78, 130–141. doi:10.1016/j.jbankfin.2017.02.005