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The Performance of Stocks that are Reverse Split

31 Pages Posted: 6 May 2006  

Terrence F. Martell

City University of New York (CUNY) - Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business

Gwendolyn P. Webb

City University of New York (CUNY) - Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business

Date Written: December 22, 2005

Abstract

An unusually high number of Nasdaq National Market stocks were reverse split following the decline in Nasdaq prices in the year 2000. We test whether these splits were driven by the overall market decline. We find that the performance of stocks with reverse splits in poor overall stock market conditions is better (less negative) than that in good market conditions, and that the differences in performance appear three to five months after the split. This suggests that the longer-term outcomes of reverse stock splits are associated with the market environment at the time of the split. In view of this, changes that Nasdaq made to relax some of its listing standards are well justified.

Keywords: reverse stock splits, Nasdaq listing requirements

JEL Classification: G14, G32

Suggested Citation

Martell, Terrence F. and Webb, Gwendolyn P., The Performance of Stocks that are Reverse Split (December 22, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.899326

Terrence F. Martell

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Gwendolyn P. Webb (Contact Author)

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