Intraday dynamics of stock market returns and volatility
Physica A : Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
375 - 387
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This paper provides new empirical evidence for intraday scaling behavior of stock market returns utilizing a 5 min stock market index (the Dow Jones Industrial Average) from the New York Stock Exchange. It is shown that the return series has a multifractal nature during the day. In addition, we show that after a financial "earthquake", aftershocks in the market follow a power law, analogous to Omori's law. Our findings indicate that the moments of the return distribution scale nonlinearly across time scales and accordingly, volatility scaling is nonlinear under such a data generating mechanism. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.