Not-So-Cheap Talk: Stocks Move Nearly 10% When Trump’s Tweets Mention Executives

  • Friday, January 20, 2017

Despite what the financial press might want you to believe, Trump’s tweets about specific companies only result in 0.3% Cumulative Above Average Return (CAAR). However, when the incoming President tweets about a specific person at a company (such as Rex Tillerson of Exxon) the CAAR jumps to 9.2%. It also appears that these corporate officer mentions have spillover effects across the entire industrial sector.

Trump Tweets

In addition to examining company/officer mentions in tweets, Prattle also ran a comparison of the impact of company/officer mentions in Trump speeches vs his tweets–and tweets were the big winner. Trump speeches caused a 2% CAAR; his tweets generated a 3% CAAR.

Trump Speeches vs Tweets

Prattle quantifies the market impact of language with Basis Technology‘s Rosette text analytics under the hood, performing named entity recognition and linking entities to known Wikidata. While our text analysis technology has traditionally been used to understand the impact of corporate and central bank communications, we’ve also found it adept at understanding the market impact of tweets. For each one of Trump’s tweets from the last year that mentioned a corporation or a corporate executive, we performed a market-model event study centered around that tweet. Each study precisely linked Trump’s words to market movement. We computed the CAAR by combining the results of these studies.**

Our research suggests that media attention paid to Trump’s twitter account is well deserved…but imprecise. The real market effects of those tweets occur when he names specific corporate officers, not when he mentions the corporations themselves. Investors would be wise to discern signal from noise and focus on tweets that mention corporate officers.

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This is a composite figure for tweets about both companies and corporate officers.

** We excluded mentions of news entities. Event studies benchmarked on the S&P, with a 40-day bandwidth centered on the tweet and a 170-day baseline regression.