The Information Content of Prices : A study on differences between integer and non-integer initial public offerings

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen; Uppsala universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to analyze differences between IPOs with integer (e.g. $20,00) and non-integer (e.g. $20,32) offer prices on the post-decimalization US market. Research on IPOs suggests that there are viable differences between, and valuable information within, integer and non-integer prices. However, proposed effects on the information content of prices as a result of decimalization on US markets in 2001 motivates more up-to-date research on the subject. Our findings show that, while integer IPOs have higher initial return, uncertainty and offer price levels, there is no proof of different information content conveyed within integer and non-integer prices on the post-decimalization market. Consequently, suggesting that neither integer or non-integer prices provide valuable information to market participants, and in extension that decimalization may have influenced the IPO market.

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