The Price Behavior around Initial Loan Announcements: Evidence from Zero-leverage Firms in the UK

Sijia Zhang, Andros Gregoriou

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Abstract

This paper analyses price effects of trades around the initial loan announcements for 96 zero-leverage firms listed on the FTSE 350 index over the time of period 2000–2015. Using a very large sample size of 28 million share purchases and 26 million share sales, we discover price continuations follow buys and reversals follow sales. We also observe that purchases have a greater impact on permanent price changes. Once price effects are estimated using quote returns to eliminate the bid-ask bias, the asymmetry in buyer and seller initiated trades is dramatically reduced. Our results suggest that the bid-ask bounce can explain asymmetry in the trading direction of zero-leverage firms when they encounter debt for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in international business and finance
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019

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Leverage
Announcement
Loans
Price effects
Asymmetry
Purchase
Bid
Price changes
Debt
Seller
Reversal
Buyers
Sample size

Keywords

  • Zero-leverage firms
  • Price impact
  • Bid-ask bounce
  • Liquidity

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