REINTERPRETATION OF THE SHAREHOLDER GAINS IN SELLOFF TRANSACTIONS

Louis T.W. Cheng, Wallace N. Davidson

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Abstract

This paper examines the overall wealth effects of selloffs. When sellers and buyers are examined separately, abnormal returns are found around the announcement days. However, a combination of matched‐pair buyers and sellers in value‐weighted portfolios wipes out these gains. In a sample of 182 selloff portfolios, 93 of them experience positive returns while the remaining 89 cases face negative price reactions. These results cast doubt on the conclusion that selloff activity is generally synergistic. In addition, a large size difference is found between buyers and sellers. Large buyers win more often than small buyers. Small sellers win more often than large sellers. Our results show that when examining selloffs for synergy equally‐weighted results can be biased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-611
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Finance & Accounting
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance

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