Short sales, price pressure, and the stock price response to convertible bond calls

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Title: Short sales, price pressure, and the stock price response to convertible bond calls
Author: Bechmann, Ken
Abstract: The announcement of a convertible bond call is associated with an average con- temporaneous abnormal stock price decline of 1.75% and an ensuing price recovery in the conversion period. A price fall and the subsequent recovery suggest price pressure as the explanation for the announcement eect. However, in a perfect capital market the option to convert is not exercised early and hence, the increase in the number of shares outstanding does not occur at the announcement date. Instead, this paper ar- gues and provides evidence that hedging-induced short selling is causing at least part of the short-run price pressure. Key words: Convertible bond calls; Hedging; Short selling; Price pressure; Underwriting JEL Classication: G14; G24; G32
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7165
Date: 2004-01-23

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