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Why do firms manage their stock price levels?

Shima Amini, Axel Buchner, Charlie X. Cai and Abdulkadir Mohamed

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 2020, vol. 67, issue C

Abstract: Building on the catering hypothesis and institutional investor preference literature, we propose a generalized catering hypothesis that managers cater their share price level to different types of investor (individual vs institutional) in order to attract them, conditional on the firm’s preferences as to ownership mix. We show that an institutional ownership premium provides strong explanatory power to the change in share price norm. This evidence supports our hypothesis that managers cater their share price level to the preference of institutional investors, but only when there is substantial benefit in doing so. Further tests reveal that the premium is higher for long term than for short term investors.

Keywords: Institutional ownership; Share price puzzle; IPO; Stock split; Norm hypothesis; Catering hypothesis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G02 G10 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2020.101220

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