Daily price limits and destructive market behavior

Ting CHEN, Zhenyu Gao*, Jibao He, Wenxi Jiang, Wei Xiong

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We use account-level data from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange to show that daily price limits, a widely adopted market stabilization mechanism, may lead to unintended, destructive market behavior: large investors tend to buy on the day when a stock hits the 10% upper price limit and then sell on the next day; and their net buying on the limit-hitting day predicts stronger long-run price reversal. We also analyze a sample of special treatment (ST) stocks, which face tighter 5% daily price limits, and provide a causal validation from comparing market dynamics before and after they are assigned the ST status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-264
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Volume208
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Financial regulation
  • Investor behavior
  • Price limit rule
  • Speculation

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