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Long-term stock performance following extraordinary and special cash dividends

De-Wai Chou, Yi Liu and Zaher Zantout

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2009, vol. 49, issue 1, 54-73

Abstract: Using essentially all declared extraordinary and special cash dividends between 1926 and 2001 which are not preceded or followed by the same for a period of three years, we find no robust post-declaration long-term abnormal stock returns, even in sub-samples defined by the special dividend yield, the bang-for-the-buck, the declaration-period abnormal return, the sub-sampling period or the stock market condition at declaration. Only event firms in the smallest CRSP market capitalization quintile display significant positive abnormal returns during the first-year following the declaration. However, these latter are not robust across sub-sampling periods. Overall, there is no compelling evidence that investors under- or over-react to extraordinary or special cash dividends.

Keywords: Market; efficiency; Dividend; policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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