The length of the trading day and trading volume

Mahmoud Qadan, David Y. Aharon

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As the financial literature has documented, trading volume is generally affected by information releases, extreme returns, herd instinct, overconfidence, panic and volatility. In this study, we provide further empirical evidence that the extension of trading hours has a positive effect on trading volume. Using data from the last 12 years, during which the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange extended its trading hours on several occasions, we demonstrate that our findings hold true after controlling for proxies for world market returns and volatility, time trends, macroeconomic announcements and suicide attacks. We discuss several theories that may explain the results obtained. Furthermore, we show that cross-listed stocks attract more trading and explain the majority of the change in the volume of stocks traded. The findings may have implications for those who design policy for the exchange markets worldwide, because the majority of their revenues come from transactions and clearing fees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-156
Number of pages20
JournalEurasian Business Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • Extended trading
  • Stock exchange revenues
  • Tel Aviv stock exchange
  • Trading hours
  • Trading volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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