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Daily Closing Inside Spreads and Trading Volumes around Earnings Announcements

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  • Ian Tonks

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  • Daniella Acker
  • Matthew Stalker

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This paper examines the determinants of inside spreads and their behaviour around corporate earning announcement dates, for a sample of UK firms over the period 1986-94. The paper finds that closing daily inside spreads are affected by order processing costs (proxied by trading volumes), inventory control costs (trading volumes and return variability) and asymmetric information (unusually high trading volumes). Inside spreads start to narrow 15 days before an earnings announcement, and narrow further by the end of the announcement day. We also identify a puzzling phenomenon. There is only a ‘sluggish’ recovery of spreads after the announcement: inside spreads continue to remain at relatively narrow levels, and take up to 90 days to recover to their pre-announcement width.

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  • Ian Tonks & Daniella Acker & Matthew Stalker, 2002. "Daily Closing Inside Spreads and Trading Volumes around Earnings Announcements," FMG Discussion Papers dp404, Financial Markets Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:fmg:fmgdps:dp404
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    1. David Abad & José Yagüe & Sonia Sanabria, 2005. "Liquidity And Information Around Annual Earnings Announcements: An Intraday Analysis Of The Spanish Stock Market," Working Papers. Serie EC 2005-16, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
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    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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