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Ex-dividend Stock Price Behavior and Arbitrage Opportunities

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  • Heath, David C
  • Jarrow, Robert A

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This paper investigates the relation between ex-dividend stock price behavior and arbitrage oppor tunities. In a continuous trading, frictionless economy, the authors demonstrate that it is possible for the ex-dividend stock price drop to differ from the dividend, and still short-term traders cannot gene rate arbitrage profits. The argument is independent of transactions c osts. The relevance of this insight to estimating the marginal tax br acket based on ex-dividend stock price drops is explored. Furthermore , this insight is also applied to the area of option pricing in which the special class of escrowed dividend stock price processes is stud ied. The authors show that most elements from this class of stock pri ce processes generate invalid option-pricing formulas. Copyright 1988 by the University of Chicago.

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  • Heath, David C & Jarrow, Robert A, 1988. "Ex-dividend Stock Price Behavior and Arbitrage Opportunities," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 61(1), pages 95-108, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:61:y:1988:i:1:p:95-108
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    1. Dai, Qinglei & Rydqvist, Kristian, 2007. "Investigation of the Costly-Arbitrage Model of Price Formation Around the Ex-Dividend Day," CEPR Discussion Papers 6074, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Liljeblom, Eva & Loflund, Anders & Hedvall, Kaj, 2001. "Foreign and domestic investors and tax induced ex-dividend day trading," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(9), pages 1687-1716, September.
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    5. Claudio Fontana & Markus Pelger & Eckhard Platen, 2017. "Sure Profits via Flash Strategies and the Impossibility of Predictable Jumps," Research Paper Series 385, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    10. Claudio Fontana & Markus Pelger & Eckhard Platen, 2017. "Sure Profits via Flash Strategies and the Impossibility of Predictable Jumps," Research Paper Series 385, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
    11. Dai, Qinglei & Rydqvist, Kristian, 2009. "Investigation of the costly-arbitrage model of price formation around the ex-dividend day in Norway," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 582-596, September.
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    14. David J. Beggs & Christopher L. Skeels, 2006. "Market Arbitrage of Cash Dividends and Franking Credits," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 82(258), pages 239-252, September.
    15. Rantapuska, Elias, 2008. "Ex-dividend day trading: Who, how, and why?: Evidence from the Finnish market," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(2), pages 355-374, May.
    16. Andrew Ainsworth & Kingsley YL Fong & David R Gallagher & Graham Partington, 2016. "Institutional trading around the ex-dividend day," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 41(2), pages 299-323, May.
    17. Battauz, Anna, 2003. "Quadratic hedging for asset derivatives with discrete stochastic dividends," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 229-243, April.
    18. H. Chu & G. Partington, 2008. "The Market Valuation of Cash Dividends: The Case of the CRA Bonus Issue-super-," International Review of Finance, International Review of Finance Ltd., vol. 8(1-2), pages 1-20.
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    • B26 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Financial Economics
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

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