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Multifrequency News and Stock Returns

Laurent E. Calvet, Adlai J. Fisher

NBER Working Paper No. 11441
Issued in June 2005
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Recent research documents that aggregate stock prices are driven by shocks with persistence levels ranging from daily intervals to several decades. Building on these insights, we introduce a parsimonious equilibrium model in which regime-shifts of heterogeneous durations affect the volatility of dividend news. We estimate tightly parameterized specifications with up to 256 discrete states on daily U.S. equity returns. The multifrequency equilibrium has significantly higher likelihood than the classic Campbell and Hentschel (1992) specification, while generating volatility feedback effects 6 to 12 times larger. We show in an extension that Bayesian learning about stochastic volatility is faster for bad states than good states, providing a novel source of endogenous skewness that complements the "uncertainty" channel considered in previous literature (e.g., Veronesi, 1999). Furthermore, signal precision induces a tradeoff between skewness and kurtosis, and economies with intermediate investor information best match the data.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11441

Published: Calvet, Laurent E. and Adlai J. Fisher. "Multifrequency News and Stock Returns." Journal of Financial Economics 86, 1 (October 2007): 178-212.

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