Managerial actions and nominal stock price levels
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Finance, ISSN 1351-847X, E-ISSN 1466-4364, Vol. 22, no 14, 1435-1456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We examine nominal and real stock prices and the sequential price pattern of stock dividends and stock splits. We find that the average stock price has been fairly stable over time except for two decades in the beginning and end of the twentieth century. Inclusion of these periods yield a decline over time which is generally consistent with the drop in price levels found by Chittenden et al. [2010. A Note on Affordability and the Optimal Share Price. Financial Review 45: 205-216]. In a multivariate setting, the frequency of stock dividends and stock splits is positively related to the frequency for these events the prior year and recent market return. In further tests of the price change we find a positive relationship to the median price change for stock dividends/splits and negatively to labour income growth for stock splits. These findings indicate that stock price reduction via stock dividends and splits attracts individual investors as income grows. One key conclusion is that the primary reason for any stock action, dividend or split, is to fit the norm' stock price level of the market.
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2016. Vol. 22, no 14, 1435-1456 p.
managerial actions, shareholdings, stock splits, stock dividends, absolute stock price, market "norm' price
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308902DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2015.1019644ISI: 000386108500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308902DiVA: diva2:1051246