Institutional trading in volatile markets: evidence from Chinese stock markets

Julia Darby, Hai Zhang, Jinkai Zhang

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We investigate the daily stock returns of all A-shares listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges over the period 2010-2017. Using daily cash flow data on the largest category of trades by value, we construct a proxy for high-value institutional trading activity. We demonstrate that high-value institutional transactions consistently exacerbate firm-level abnormal stock returns on extreme market movement days. We then highlight the conflating influence of regulator imposed daily limits on firm-level stock price movements and conclude that binding price limits act to exacerbate the destabilising effects associated with high-value institutional trades in Chinese stock markets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101484
JournalPacific-Basin Finance Journal
Early online date3 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2020


  • price limits
  • extreme market swings
  • cash flow
  • institutional trading behaviour


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