Preference for dividends and return comovement

Allaudeen Hameed, Jing Xie

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Stocks that initiate dividends tend to comove more with other dividend-paying stocks and comove less with non-dividend payers. This is also true for: (a) dividend initiations that are motivated by the exogenous 2003 dividend tax cut; and (b) the cash dividend share class of Citizens Utilities (relative to its stock dividend class). We find that flows to dividend prone (averse) mutual funds increase the comovement among dividend-paying (non-dividend paying) stocks. Overall, the evidence supports the proposition that the trading of pro-dividend (dividend-averse) clienteles induces an extra factor in dividend payers (non-payers), beyond those associated with changes in common factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-125
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Comovement
  • Dividend
  • Dividend clientele
  • Style investing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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