Managerial Decisions and Long-Term Stock Price Performance
CRSP Working Paper No. 453
57 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 1998
Date Written: October 1999
A rapidly growing literature claims to reject the semi-strong form of the efficient market hypothesis by producing large estimates of long-term abnormal stock price performance subsequent to major corporate events. We re-examine three large samples of major managerial decisions, namely acquisitions, equity issues, and equity repurchases, and find little evidence of reliable long-term abnormal stock price performance for the three samples. The analysis shows (a) cross-sectional dependence of abnormal returns leads to inflated test statistics and (b) estimates of abnormal performance are small, and largely limited to small stocks, after accounting for the known mis-pricings of the model used to generate the results.
JEL Classification: G14, G31, G32, G34
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