On Existence of an 'Optimal Stock Price': Evidence from Stock Splits and Reverse Stock Splits in Hong Kong

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1997

Posted: 20 Feb 1997

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Lifan Wu

California State University, Los Angeles - Department of Finance and Law

Bob Y. C. Chan

Independent

Abstract

We analyze a sample of stock splits and reverse stock splits on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) over the period 1986 through 1992. Consistent with studies on stock splits and reverse stock splits made in the U.S. capital markets, our analysis shows that stock splits are associated with a positive and significant stock market response, while reverse stock splits are associated with a negative but statistically insignificant price effect. We also investigate the "optimal price range" hypothesis, which states that firms choose the split factor (SF) as a device to return the stock price to a "preferred price range." Our result suggests a positive relation between the magnitude of the SF and the deviation of the pre-split stock price from the historical price level in the stock split sample. However, we do not find a systematic pattern affecting the use of the SF in the reverse split sample.

JEL Classification: F21, N25

Suggested Citation

Wu, Lifan and Chan, Bob Y. C., On Existence of an 'Optimal Stock Price': Evidence from Stock Splits and Reverse Stock Splits in Hong Kong. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4671

Lifan Wu (Contact Author)

California State University, Los Angeles - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90032
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213-343-2870 (Phone)

Bob Y. C. Chan

Independent ( email )

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