Do Managers Learn from Short Sellers? Evidence from Corporate Acquisitions
42 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2020 Last revised: 5 May 2022
Date Written: December 28, 2020
We examine how the exemption of short sale uptick tests due to the Regulation SHO pilot program affects managers’ decisions to abandon value-reducing acquisition attempts. We find that when deciding whether to abandon value-reducing acquisition attempts during the program, managers of pilot firms, whose stocks are less subject to short selling impediments, are more sensitive to stock price changes than managers of nonpilot firms. We find no difference in managers’ sensitivity prior to nor post the program. These results indicate that, despite managers’ repugnance toward short sellers, they learn more from stock price changes when short sellers are less impeded.
Keywords: Corporate Acquisition, Short Selling, Regulation SHO, Pilot Program
JEL Classification: G14, G18, G30, G34
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