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An analysis of trading in target stocks before successful takeover announcements

  • Clements, Marcus
  • Singh, Harminder
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    In this paper we examine both informed and contraire trading preceding successful takeover announcements on US target firms from 2001 to 2006. We find that both informed trading and contraire trading exist within the period preceding successful takeover announcements on the stock market, as evident through abnormal returns and trading volumes and on the option market by analyzing only abnormal trading volume. In regard to contraire trading, we investigate possible explanations for its existence. This study finds, through analysis of an unbiased sample of rumored target firms, that deliberate contraire trading appears to be profitable which is likely an explanation for such trading.

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    Volume (Year): 21 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 1-17

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