Force Majeure Events and Stock Market Reactions In Ukraine
Brunel University London, Economics and Finance Working Paper Series, No. 19-05
24 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2019
Date Written: February 6, 2019
This paper examines reactions in the Ukrainian stock market to force majeure events, which are divided into four groups: economic force majeure, social force majeure and terrorist acts, natural and technological disasters. More specifically, using daily data for the main Ukrainian stock market index (namely PFTS) over the period 01.01.1997-31.12.2018 this study investigates whether or not force majeure events create (temporary) inefficiencies and there exist profitable trading strategies based on exploiting them. For this purpose cumulative abnormal returns and trading simulation approaches are used in addition to Student’s t-tests. The results suggest that the Ukrainian stock market absorbs new information rather fast. Negative returns in most cases are observed only on the day of the event. The only exception is technological disasters, the market needing up to ten days to react fully in this case. Despite the presence of a detectable pattern in price behaviour after force majeure events (namely, a price decrease on the day of the event) no profitable trading strategies based on it are found as their outcomes do not differ from those generated by random trading.
Keywords: Ukrainian Stock Market, Force-Majeure Event, Event Study
JEL Classification: C22, G12
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