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Predictable Corporate Distributions and Stock Returns


  • Hendrik Bessembinder
  • Feng Zhang


Corporate managers frequently announce corporate distributions, including stock splits, stock dividends, special dividends, and increases in regular dividends, on the anniversary of a like announcement at the same firm. The market appears to not fully appreciate the implications of current distributions for future distributions and stock returns, as a simple strategy that involves purchasing firms with high predicted probabilities of distribution announcements earns significant abnormal monthly returns. These results are distinct from previously documented return regularities related to regular earnings and dividend announcements and return seasonality.

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  • Hendrik Bessembinder & Feng Zhang, 2015. "Predictable Corporate Distributions and Stock Returns," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 28(4), pages 1199-1241.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:28:y:2015:i:4:p:1199-1241.

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    1. David, Thomas & Ginglinger, Edith, 2016. "When cutting dividends is not bad news: The case of optional stock dividends," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 174-191.
    2. Andres, Christian & Hofbaur, Ulrich, 2017. "Do what you did four quarters ago: Trends and implications of quarterly dividends," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 139-158.

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