Stock Returns Following Large Price Changes and News Releases – Evidence from Germany
Credit and Capital Markets 49 (1/2016), 57–91
32 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014 Last revised: 24 Feb 2017
Date Written: March 17, 2015
We revisit the overreaction hypothesis in the light of information effects. Using a sample period from 2005–2012 covering 2,542 large price changes in the German stock market, our results indicate that information effects can explain both overreaction and underreaction patterns. Specifically, we find that large positive price changes without public information signals are followed by short-term price reversals. In contrast, negative price shocks concurrent with a public announcement are associated by price continuations. The results are robust to size effects and sub-periods. Furthermore, we design a trading strategy to show that the observed return predictability could have been exploited for large negative price changes.
Keywords: overreaction, market efficiency, event study
JEL Classification: G14
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