Informed trade, uninformed trade and stock price delay

Narelle Gordon, Qiongbing Wu*

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The probability of informed trading (PIN), a measure of information-based trading risk,  has been broadly applied to empirical studies on asset pricing. However, it is still controversial whether PIN measures exclusively the risk of firm-specific private information or it also captures the private interpretation of market wide public information. This article examines the relevance of PIN to the delayed response of stock prices to market-wide information. We find that PIN significantly explains individual stock price delay even controlling for size, liquidity and risk, and low-PIN stock prices adjust to market information more rapidly not only because of a notably high level of informed trading but also an even much higher level of uninformed trading. Our findings support the notion that PIN also captures the private skilled interpretation of public common factor information by sophisticated investors, and provide new empirical evidence on how information-based trading affects the speed at which stock prices adjust to information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2878-2893
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2018


  • information diffusion
  • Informed trade
  • investor recognition
  • PIN
  • price delay
  • uninformed trade


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