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1 July 2012 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 68, Issue 4

Exploiting Option Information in the Equity Market

  1. Guido Baltussen
  2. Bart van der Grient
  3. Wilma de Groot
  4. Erik Hennink
  5. Weili Zhou

Public option market information contains exploitable information for equity investors for an investable universe of liquid large-cap stocks. Strategies based on several option measures predict returns and alphas on the underlying stock. Transaction costs are an important factor given the high turnover of these strategies, but significant net alphas can be obtained when using a simple approach that reduces transaction costs. These findings suggest that information diffuses gradually from the option market into the underlying stock market.

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