Why does stock-market investor sentiment influence corporate investment?

Ding Du, Ou Hu

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We examine the relationship between corporate investment and investor sentiment at the firm level with the predicted change in investor sentiment. Empirically, we find that there is a large predictable mean reversion component in investor sentiment, and that a predicted increase in investor sentiment,capturing an unwinding of past market sentiment, positively affects the investment and debt issuance of firms with lower credit ratings, but not their equity issuance. Our results suggest that the positive relationship between investor sentiment and corporate investment may be due to that corporate managers are also driven by investor sentiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1246
Number of pages26
JournalReview of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Corporate investment
  • Net debt issuance
  • Net equity issuance
  • Stock-Market Investor Sentiment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Finance


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