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Testing the Theory of Common Stock Ownership

Lysle Boller and Fiona Scott Morton

No 27515, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We test if an increase in common ownership changes future expected profits with an event study method. We collect instances of a stock entering the S&P 500 index and identify its product market competitors. We measure the change in institutional and common ownership (with product market rivals) and find that entering stocks experience a significant increase in both. We measure the stock returns of the entrant's product market rivals upon the entry news. We find that increases in common ownership (driven by the whole vector of ownership similarity) cause increases in stock returns, consistent with a hypothesis that common ownership raises profits.

JEL-codes: G14 G34 L4 L41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07
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