Does Release Time of Firm-Specific Announcements Influence Trade Initiation Motives?

43 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2019

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Priyantha Mudalige

Curtin University- School of Economics, Finance and property

Petko S. Kalev

La Trobe Business School

Kartick Gupta

University of South Australia

Huu Nhan Duong

Monash University - Department of Banking and Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: September 13, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of release time of earnings and take over announcements on motives of trade initiation. We find that investors’ initiate buy and sell (buy or sell) trades immediately before (after) earnings and takeover announcements ‘day’ announcements. High volatility and more prominent effective spread before overnight announcements indicate active informed trading, showing evidence of potential information leakage. Similarly, high volatility and less prominent effective spread before day announcements exhibit more active uninformed trading. Overall, private information (Differential information) is the likely motive for trade initiation before overnight announcements (day announcements). We suggest that day announcements are more effective than overnight announcements in controlling information leakage. Our results complement prior literature on effectiveness of continuous disclosure on the ASX.

Suggested Citation

Mudalige, Priyantha and Kalev, Petko S. and Gupta, Kartick and Duong, Huu Nhan, Does Release Time of Firm-Specific Announcements Influence Trade Initiation Motives? (September 13, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3452983 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3452983

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Huu Nhan Duong

Monash University - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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