Title

COVID-19: stock market reactions to the shock and the stimulus

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Keywords

COVID-19, emerging markets, event study, small firms, stimulus

Abstract

Using the WHO announcement on 11 March 2020 and the Federal Reserve Bank announcement on 9 April 2020 as two events that represent the shock and the stimulus, this study finds that COVID-19 caused a negative shock to the global stock markets, especially in emerging markets and for small firms. We find that the US stock market experienced positive abnormal returns from the Fed stimulus compared to other developed countries and emerging markets. We find that the positive abnormal returns from the stimulus were garnered by the US large firms instead of the small firms.

Publication Title

Applied Economics Letters

ISSN

13504851

E-ISSN

14664291

DOI

10.1080/13504851.2020.1781767

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