Bad News Do Not Always Travel Slowly: The Bankruptcy Case
Luis M.S. Coelho
University of the Algarve - School of Economics; Universidade de Évora - CEFAGE-UE
January 23, 2011
This paper tests to what extent the Hong and Stein (1999) model explains the stock price performance of firms filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In line with the model’s main prediction, I find that the market severely misprices (correctly prices) the bankrupt firms for which information is likely to diffuse slowly (rapidly) across investors. My key finding is robust to a range of alternative methods for adjusting for risk and different periods for computing the abnormal stock returns. My innovative framework provides an acid test of the predictive ability of the Hong and Stein (1999) model, with my results suggesting that it offers important insight into the workings of financial markets, even in the very extreme setting I consider.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Corporate bankruptcy, gradual diffusion of information, event study, behavioral finance models
JEL Classification: G14, G33working papers series
Date posted: January 24, 2011
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