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New evidence on stock market reaction to dividend announcements in India

Satish Kumar

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 39, issue PA, 327-337

Abstract: We revisit the information content of dividend announcements in India from 2012 to 2014 in a unique market setting which involves the introduction of Company’s Act 2013. We find that announcement of increase in dividend lead to increase in stock prices, while the dividend decrease announcements are associated with decrease in stock prices. Firms that announce no change in dividends, experience insignificant negative returns around the event date. Our results contradict the tax-signaling model, which argues that higher taxes on dividends than capital gains are necessary for dividend announcements to be informative. The abnormal returns increase post the introduction of Company’s Act 2013. The results of the firm-specific panel regressions indicate that the information content of dividends has a non-linear relation with the founder ownership consistent with the monitoring and rent extraction hypotheses.

Keywords: Dividend announcement; Company’s Act; Founder ownership; Abnormal returns; Tax signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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