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Mutual fund skill and the performance of corporate acquirers

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  • Nain, Amrita
  • Yao, Tong
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    We show that the commonly observed correlation between institutional investor ownership and the success of mergers is partly driven by active stock picking. Several mutual fund stock selection skill measures strongly predict the post-merger performance of corporate acquirers even after controlling for possible shareholder monitoring. These findings are stronger for funds with characteristics more indicative of active stock picking. Moreover, firms held by funds with higher stock selection skills are more likely to subsequently become acquirers, suggesting that the mutual fund skill set includes the ability to identify acquirers with value-enhancing acquisition opportunities.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

    Volume (Year): 110 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 437-456

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    Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions; Corporate governance; Mutual funds; Stock selection;

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