Kapetanios, George Neumann, Michael Skiadopoulos, George
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Working Paper, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 730
We study the real-time characteristics and drivers of jumps in option prices. To this end, we employ high frequency data from the 24-hour E-mini S&P 500 options market. We find that option prices do not jump simultaneously across strikes and maturities and are uncorrelated with jumps in the underlying futures price. 14% to 28% of detected option price jumps occur around scheduled news releases. However, it is illiquidity rather than the news content that drives jumps. Evidence suggests that option traders increase bid-ask spreads to account for trading against investors who are skilled processors of public releases.
Asymmetric information Co-jumps Limit order markets Liquidity Option Markets News announcements