RELATION BETWEEN NEGATIVE TONE IN NEWS RELEASES OF WHO AND INDUSTRY RETURNS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
We analyze the relationship between the negative tone in news releases issued by the WHO and industry returns during the Covid-19 pandemic. We construct our news tone measure as the ratio of negative words to the total number of words present in news releases of WHO. The news tone shows to be significantly associated with returns for the majority of industries. Bad news announced by the WHO translates into good news for consumer nondurables, telecommunications, and healthcare sectors. Negative tone in news releases of WHO is on average bad news for consumer durables, manufacturing, energy, and other industries. Our findings suggest that the news tone-return relation varies significantly throughout our Covid-19 sample.
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