DP4667 Information Sales and Insider Trading

Author(s): Giovanni Cespa
Publication Date: October 2004
Keyword(s): analysts, durable goods monopolist, information sales, insider trading
JEL(s): G10, G12, G14, L12
Programme Areas: Financial Economics
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Fundamental information resembles in many respects a durable good. Hence, the effects of its incorporation into stock prices depend on who is the agent controlling its flow. Similarly to a durable goods monopolist, a monopolistic analyst selling information intertemporally competes against themself. This forces them to partially relinquish control over the information flow to traders. Conversely, an insider solves the intertemporal competition problem through vertical integration, thus exerting a tighter control over the flow of information. Comparing market patterns I show that a dynamic market where information is provided by an analyst is thicker and more informative than one where an insider trades.