Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Patterns in Stock Returns Around Executive Stock Option Exercise Disclosures

Accounting & Finance, Forthcoming

46 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2014

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Eli Bartov

NYU Stern School of Business

Lucile Faurel

Arizona State University

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Date Written: October 7, 2014

Abstract

We document negative stock returns and elevated trading volumes around executives’ early option exercise disclosures post-SOX but not pre-SOX. This stock price reaction is incomplete, and the negative stock price drift is smaller post-SOX compared to pre-SOX. We also show effects of media coverage in the stock price response to exercise disclosures in the post-SOX period. These findings provide evidence that the requirement mandated by SOX to disclose executives’ stock option exercises within two business days, and the increased media coverage, improve investors’ ability to incorporate into stock prices in a timely fashion the information conveyed by these exercises.

Keywords: Employee stock options; Form 4 filings; private information; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; insider trading

JEL Classification: M41; G14; J33

Suggested Citation

Bartov, Eli and Faurel, Lucile, Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Patterns in Stock Returns Around Executive Stock Option Exercise Disclosures (October 7, 2014). Accounting & Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2506467

Eli Bartov

NYU Stern School of Business ( email )

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Lucile Faurel (Contact Author)

Arizona State University ( email )

W.P. Carey School of Business
School of Accountancy, B267H
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
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