Journal article

Innovation and Informed Trading: Evidence from Industry ETFs

Shiyang Huang, Maureen O'Hara, Zhuo Zhong

REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Abstract We empirically examine the impact of industry exchange-traded funds (IETFs) on informed trading and market efficiency. We find that IETF short interest spikes simultaneously with hedge fund holdings on the member stock before positive earnings surprises, reflecting long-the-stock/short-the-ETF activity. This pattern is stronger among stocks with high industry risk exposure. A difference-in-difference analysis on the ETF inception event shows that IETFs reduce post-earnings-announcement drift more among stocks with high industry risk exposure, suggesting that IETFs improve market efficiency. We also find that the short interest ratio of IETFs positively predicts IETF r..

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