The Marketing of Closed-End Fund IPOs: Evidence from Transactions Data
Journal of Financial Intermediation, Vol. 5, pp. 127-159, 1996
Posted: 14 Feb 2008
We examine aftermarket transactions for closed-end fund IPOs and document large sell-to-buy imbalances ("flipping"), extensive price stabilization, and sharp subsequent price drops. The timing of the price drop is related to both the amount of initial flipping, and use of the over-allotment options. The extent of the flipping activity is related to the composition of the syndicate. Moreover, aftermarket buys (sells) are mainly small (large) trades. These findings suggest that lead underwriters price stabilize and manage the supply of shares in the aftermarket, and that closed-end fund IPOs are marketed to a poorly informed public.
JEL Classification: G19
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