Stock Market Reaction To Anticipated Versus Surprise Rating Changes
AbstractI examine whether bond rating changes can be anticipated by investors and test whether the stock price reaction to the eventual change varies as a result. All else equal, the market reaction to changes that could have been easily predicted should be significantly smaller than the reaction to changes that are largely a surprise. Although rating upgrades prove difficult to predict, approximately 20% of downgrades can be correctly predicted using a relatively small number of publicly available variables. There is no significant difference between the stock price reaction to anticipated versus unanticipated rating changes. 2007 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.
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Volume (Year): 30 (2007)
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