New Evidence on the Information Content of Dividend Announcements
Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Vol 38 No 2, Summer 1998
Posted: 8 Apr 1998
This study presents new evidence on the relationship between dividend announcements and stock price responses, and provides a more comprehensive empirical analysis than that previously found in the literature. We simultaneously test several competing theories regarding the information content of dividends using two types of announcements: dividend initiations and specially designated dividends. The results of our analyses provide strong support for the single signal, cash-flow signalling hypothesis and only weak support for the John and Lang (1991) multiple signal, cash-flow signalling model. Supporting evidence is also presented for the predictions of the free-cash flow hypothesis.
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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