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The impact of open market equity repurchases on UK equity prices

  • William Rees
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    This paper presents the first empirical evidence regarding the share price impact of open market stock repurchases in the UK. The analysis reveals a positive reaction on the day of the announcement of the repurchase, consistent with the reaction found under very different circumstances in the US, and consistent with the expected reaction on the retirement of equity. The transactions are typically instigated by firms that are underperforming the market and tends to follow a short-term fall in the firm's share price. The reaction on the day of the repurchase is positively related to the percentage of equity transacted. There is no evidence that the return on the day of the announcement is affected by the characteristics of the repurchase.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The European Journal of Finance.

    Volume (Year): 2 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 353-370

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