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The performance effects of composition changes on sector specific stock indices: The case of European listed real estate

Brooks, C., Kappou, K., Stevenson, S. and Ward, C. (2013) The performance effects of composition changes on sector specific stock indices: The case of European listed real estate. International Review of Financial Analysis, 29. pp. 132-142. ISSN 1057-5219

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2013.04.002

Abstract/Summary

This paper examines the impact of changes in the composition of real estate stock indices, considering companies both joining and leaving the indices. Stocks that are newly included not only see a short-term increase in their share price, but trading volumes increase in a permanent fashion following the event. This highlights the importance of indices in not only a benchmarking context but also in enhancing investor awareness and aiding liquidity. By contrast, as anticipated, the share prices of firms removed from indices fall around the time of the index change. The fact that the changes in share prices, either upwards for index inclusions or downwards for deletions, are generally not reversed, would indicate that the movements are not purely due to price pressure, but rather are more consistent with the information content hypothesis. There is no evidence, however, that index changes significantly affect the volatility of price changes or their operating performances as measured by their earnings per share.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:33971
Publisher:Elsevier

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