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Stock Market Reactions to Sovereign Credit Rating Changes: Evidence from Four European Countries

  • Ibrahim Fatnassi
  • Zied Ftiti
  • Habib Hasnaoui
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    We analyze the reactions of the returns of four European stock markets to sovereign credit rating changes by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) during the period from June 2008 to June 2012 using panel regression equations. We find that (i) upgrades and downgrades affect both own country returns and other countries’ returns, (ii) market reactions to foreign downgrades are stronger during the sovereign debt crisis period, and (iii) negative news from rating agencies are more informative than positive news.

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    Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-111.

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    Length: 6 pages
    Date of creation: 25 Feb 2014
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