Relative Trading Activity In Options And Stock

Relative trading activity in options and stock

Relative trading activity in options and stock

O/S: The Relative Trading Activity in Options and Stock

52 PagesPosted: 28 May 2009Last revised: 2 Oct 2009

Date Written: June 13, 2009

Abstract

Relatively little is known about the trading volume in derivatives relative to the volume in underlying stocks.

We study time-series properties and the determinants of the options/stock trading volume ratio (O/S) using a comprehensive cross-section and time-series of data on equities and their listed options. O/S is related to many intuitive determinants such as delta and trading costs, and it also varies with institutional holdings, analyst following, and analyst forecast dispersion.

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O/S is higher around earnings announcements (suggesting increased trading in the options market), and higher O/S predicts lower abnormal returns after the earnings announcement, suggesting that options trading improves market efficiency.

Keywords: derivatives volume, stock volume, market efficiency

JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14

Suggested Citation:Suggested Citation

Roll, Richard W.

Relative trading activity in options and stock

and Schwartz, Eduardo S. and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, O/S: The Relative Trading Activity in Options and Stock (June 13, 2009). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1410091

Relative trading activity in options and stock