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In- and Out-of-the-Money Convertible Bond Calls: Signaling or Price Pressure?

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  • Ken Bechman, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Asger Lunde
  • Allan Zebedee, Clarkson University, United States
Convertible bond calls typically cause significant reactions in equity prices. The empirical research largely finds negative and positive announcement effects for the in-the-money and the out-of-the-money calls respectively. However, this research has difficulty distinguishing between the two main theoretical explanations: the signaling effect and the price pressure effect. In this paper, we differentiate between these two effects by using a unique data set of the in- and the out-of-the-money calls in the United States during the period of 1993 to 2007. We find that the announcement effect for the in-the-money call is predominantly explained by the subsequent order imbalances; and the stock market's reaction is spread over an entire trading day, which is consistent with the price pressure effect. In contrast, the announcement effect for the out-of-the-money call is driven by the size of the called convertible bond; and the stock market's reaction is almost immediate, which is consistent with the signaling effect.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Corporate Finance
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Research areas

  • Signaling, Price pressure, Intraday stock market reaction, Convertible bond calls

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