Actual Share Repurchases, Timing and Corporate Liquidity

39 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2005 Last revised: 17 Jun 2015

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Edith Ginglinger

Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Jacques Hamon

Université Paris Dauphine - CEREG

Date Written: January 1, 2005


Research on the impact of open market share repurchases has been hindered by the lack of data available on actual share repurchases in many countries, including the US. Using a previously unused database containing detailed information on 36,848 repurchases made by 352 French firms, we show that corporate share repurchases have a significant adverse effect on liquidity as measured by bid-ask spread or depth. Our results also indicate that share repurchases largely reflect contrarian trading rather than managerial timing ability.

Keywords: open market share repurchases, timing, liquidity

JEL Classification: G14, G32, G35

Suggested Citation

Ginglinger, Edith and Hamon, Jacques, Actual Share Repurchases, Timing and Corporate Liquidity (January 1, 2005). Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2007, Available at SSRN: or

Edith Ginglinger (Contact Author)

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Jacques Hamon

Université Paris Dauphine - CEREG ( email )

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