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Stock market reactions to financial information

Stock market reactions to financial information Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the response of stock prices to financial announcements. Design/methodology/approach – The method used is a computer‐based content analysis of qualitative data. The data is from a Swedish real estate firm during the period 1991‐1996. The information collected and analysed comes from the company's press releases, quarterly statements and articles in the six largest business magazines in Sweden. Annual statements were excluded from the study due to the fact that the publication of these statements occurred at a point of time when the information was already reflected in the share prices. Findings – A positive correlation was found between the stock prices and the following information categories: net asset value, occupancy rates, cash flow and overall capitalisation rate. These results are compared to other studies investigating the influence of information on stock prices. The results from this study confirm previous results. Research limitation/implications – Information in the form of text from announcements is only one explanation of the volatility in shares. More explanations could be looked for in psychology, decision theory, prospect theory, investor relations and behavioural finance. Originality/value – The main contribution of this study is that it supports the assumption that public financial information has an impact on stock market behaviour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting Emerald Publishing

Stock market reactions to financial information

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1401-338X
DOI
10.1108/14013380510645379
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the response of stock prices to financial announcements. Design/methodology/approach – The method used is a computer‐based content analysis of qualitative data. The data is from a Swedish real estate firm during the period 1991‐1996. The information collected and analysed comes from the company's press releases, quarterly statements and articles in the six largest business magazines in Sweden. Annual statements were excluded from the study due to the fact that the publication of these statements occurred at a point of time when the information was already reflected in the share prices. Findings – A positive correlation was found between the stock prices and the following information categories: net asset value, occupancy rates, cash flow and overall capitalisation rate. These results are compared to other studies investigating the influence of information on stock prices. The results from this study confirm previous results. Research limitation/implications – Information in the form of text from announcements is only one explanation of the volatility in shares. More explanations could be looked for in psychology, decision theory, prospect theory, investor relations and behavioural finance. Originality/value – The main contribution of this study is that it supports the assumption that public financial information has an impact on stock market behaviour.

Journal

Journal of Human Resource Costing & AccountingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2005

Keywords: Stock prices; Financial information; Sweden

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