Cross-Listings and the Dynamics between Credit and Equity Returns

Published: 15 January 2020

Authors: Patrick Augustin, Feng Jiao, Sergei Sarkissian, Michael J Schill

Publication: The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 33, Issue 1, January 2020


We study how listing in multiple markets affects the dynamics between firms’ credit default swap (CDS) and stock returns. We find that cross-listing increases (1) the sensitivity of CDS to stock returns, (2) the integration of CDS with world equity and bond markets, and (3) the statistical synchronicity of CDS and stock prices. Our results are stronger for firms with greater media attention, analyst and CDS coverage, and Google search intensity and for listings in familiar markets. We suggest that a firm’s presence in global equity markets comes with an improvement in the credit-equity integration through a reduction of informational frictions.

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