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Shareholder wealth effects of stock dividends in a unique environment

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We investigate shareholder wealth effects of stock dividends using a unique dataset from Oman in which many market frictions that are used to explain the stock dividend announcement effect are either absent or limited. We find a positive stock market reaction to stock dividend distributions. We also find that firms that distribute stock dividends experience favorable changes in operating performance during the seven-year period around the stock dividend distribution. Our results suggest that stock dividends are used primarily to signal future operating performance and to a lesser extent to reduce stock prices to an optimal trading range.

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  • Al-Yahyaee, Khamis Hamed, 2014. "Shareholder wealth effects of stock dividends in a unique environment," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 66-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:28:y:2014:i:c:p:66-81
    DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2013.10.003
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    Keywords

    Stock dividends; Trading range; Market microstructure; Bid-ask spread; Signaling;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G35 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Payout Policy

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