Clearly Heard on the Street: The Effect of Takeover Rumors on Stock Prices
This article examines the effects of takeover rumors on stock prices using a sample of rumors published in the WALL STREET JOURNAL's "Heard on the Street" column. We find that the market reacts efficiently to rumors; simple trading strategies based on buying or selling rumored targets' stocks yield zero excess returns. We document a significant price run-up for rumored targets in the month before publication of the takeover rumor. We find that widespread takeover rumors accurately predict imminent takeover bids less than half the time. Finally, we find that most takeover rumors are preceded by unusual price and volume activity in the stock of the rumored target, which may stimulate speculation that a large block position is being accumulated. Copyright 1990 by the University of Chicago.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:63:y:1990:i:3:p:291-308. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Journals Division)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.