Failures to Deliver, Short Sale Constraints, and Stock Overvaluation
Don M. Autore
Florida State University - College of Business
Thomas Jason Boulton
Marcus V. Braga-Alves
University of Akron
The Financial Review, Forthcoming
AFA 2012 Chicago Meetings Paper
Studying a large sample of publicly available data on failures to deliver, we find that stocks reaching threshold levels of failures become significantly overvalued. Where short sale constraints are especially binding, we report extreme overpricing and subsequent reversals. These findings support the overvaluation hypothesis, although the mispricing is likely to be difficult to arbitrage because of extreme shorting costs. In addition, threshold stocks with low short interest become more overvalued than threshold stocks with high short interest. This suggests that the short interest reflects supply-side effects when the examination conditions on the difficulty of borrowing shares.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: Failures to deliver, short interest, institutional ownership, short sale constraints, stock returns
JEL Classification: D02, G14, G28
Date posted: March 17, 2010 ; Last revised: December 6, 2014
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