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The Effect of Institutional Interest on the Information Content of Dividend-Change Announcements

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  • Alangar, Sadhana
  • Bathala, Chenchuramaiah T
  • Rao, Ramesh P

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We test the hypothesis that the information content of dividend change announcements, as reflected in stock prices, is directly related to the degree of pre-announcement information asymmetry in the stock. The dividend change announcements include initiations, large increases, large decreases, and omissions. Information asymmetry is proxied by the proportion of stock held by institutions. Consistent with the hypothesis, we document a significantly positive relation between the absolute values of the announcement-period excess returns and the degree of pre-announcement information asymmetry in the stock. This finding appears to hold for all types of dividend changes except dividend omissions.

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  • Alangar, Sadhana & Bathala, Chenchuramaiah T & Rao, Ramesh P, 1999. "The Effect of Institutional Interest on the Information Content of Dividend-Change Announcements," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 22(4), pages 429-448, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfnres:v:22:y:1999:i:4:p:429-48
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