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Media Effects and the Active Elite Audience: A Study of Communications in the London Stock Exchange

Davis, Aeron. 2005. Media Effects and the Active Elite Audience: A Study of Communications in the London Stock Exchange. European Journal of Communication, 20(3), pp. 303-326. ISSN 02673231 [Article]

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This article explores the impact of communications on investor behaviour and trading patterns in the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The significance of the work is two-fold. First, for many observers, the wild trading patterns that regularly occur in stock markets suggest the presence of ‘strong’ media effects in action; a finding in conflict with mainstream audience research. Second, the audience investigated is an elite one that most ‘actively’ consumes its media and is rarely observed in studies of media effects. The research thus attempts to identify in what ways the media are implicated in stock market movements and, at the same time, how exactly this active, elite audience makes use of its media. The empirical material presented here is primarily that gained from interviews with elite fund managers at the London Stock Exchange, Europe’s largest financial centre.

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audience research, trading, traders elites, investment, media effects, stock markets, trading patterns, fund managers, financial times, benchmark, indices, consenus, anticipatory effect

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Media and Communications


September 2005Published

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Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 14:09

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1687
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