Impact of media hype and fake news on commodity futures prices: A deep learning approach over the COVID-19 period

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2023-10-30
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1544-6123
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1544-6131
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59
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1 - 8
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We investigate the reactions of eight commodity futures to media hype and fake news during COVID-19, utilising the Ravenpack news database, along with deep learning algorithms. Results identify a significant impact on commodity prices of media hype and fake news, with this reaction amplified during COVID-19. Compared to alternative deep learning algorithms, bi-directional long-short-term memory is adaptive to forecasting the returns of the commodity futures contracts with lower mean absolute error and root mean square error. Findings, confirmed by Diebold-Mariano testing, as well as alternative data partitioning, show commodity markets are susceptible to fake news and media hype.

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