We develop a unified measure of firm linkage from popular linkage indicators in the liter- ature via graph-based machine learning methods and investigate its asset pricing implication. Using all A-shares listed in the Chinese stock market from 2003 to 2022, we reveal a widespread momentum spillover in the cross section of stock returns based on our linkage measure. In par- ticular, a long-short trading strategy for portfolios sorted by our measure generates significant risk-adjusted returns of 0.83% on a monthly basis. We show that our measure contains incre- mental information on firm fundamental connections relative to well-documented alternative measures, and its predictive ability can be rationalized by the investor inattention hypothesis. Our study contributes to the literature which explores economic linkages that generate lead-lag predictability and sheds new light on the interconnected nature of companies in an economy via advanced machine learning techniques.
|Title of host publication
|2023 XJTLU AI and Big Data in Accounting and Finance Research Conference and the BAR special issue
|In preparation - 2023