Variations in Trading Volume, Return Volatility, and Trading Costs; Evidence on Recent Price Formation Models

  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 187-211
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1993.tb04706.x


Patterns in stock market trading volume, trading costs, and return volatility are examined using New York Stock Exchange data from 1988. Intraday test results indicate that, for actively traded firms trading volume, adverse selection costs, and return volatility are higher in the first half‐hour of the day. This evidence is inconsistent with the Admati and Pfleiderer (1988) model which predicts that trading costs are low when volume and return volatility are high. Interday test results show that, for actively traded firms, trading volume is low and adverse selection costs are high on Monday, which is consistent with the predictions of the Foster and Viswanathan (1990) model.

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