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Risk, Reputation, and IPO Price Support

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  • KATHARINA LEWELLEN

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Immediately following an initial public offering, underwriters often repurchase shares of poorly performing offerings in an apparent attempt to stabilize the price. Using proprietary Nasdaq data, I study the price effects and determinants of price support. Some of the key findings are (1) Stabilization is substantial, inducing price rigidity at and below the offer price; (2) I find no evidence that stocks with larger information asymmetries are stabilized more strongly; (3) Larger underwriters stabilize more, perhaps to protect their reputations with investors; and (4) Investment banks with retail brokerage operations stabilize much more than other banks, inconsistent with the view that stabilization benefits primarily institutional investors. Copyright 2006 by The American Finance Association.

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  • Katharina Lewellen, 2006. "Risk, Reputation, and IPO Price Support," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 61(2), pages 613-653, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:61:y:2006:i:2:p:613-653
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