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Dividend Announcements and Stock Market Reaction


  • Jais, Mohamad
  • Abdul Karim, Bakri
  • Funaoka, Kenta
  • Abidin, Azlan Zainol


This paper presents "Dividend Announcements and Stock Market Reaction in Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange." Using an event study approach, the evidence shows that dividend increase announcements are greeted positively by investors, while there are some evidences suggesting investors react negatively prior to dividend decrease announcements. The observations are then separated into the magnitude of dividend change and income change. This paper also separates the observations into government linked companies (GLCs) and non-GLCs.

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  • Jais, Mohamad & Abdul Karim, Bakri & Funaoka, Kenta & Abidin, Azlan Zainol, 2009. "Dividend Announcements and Stock Market Reaction," MPRA Paper 19779, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:19779

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    Dividend announcement; market reaction; KLSE;

    JEL classification:

    • G35 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Payout Policy
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models

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