Does the Medium Matter? The Relations among Bankruptcy Petition Filings, Broadtape Disclosure, and the Timing of Price Reactions

  • Author(s): Mark C. Dawkins, Linda Smith Bamber
  • Published: Dec 17, 2002
  • Pages: 1149-1163
  • DOI: 10.1111/0022-1082.00047

Drawing on a comprehensive sample of 330 bankruptcy petition filings from 1980 to 1993, we find that most of the market reaction does not occur on the bankruptcy petition filing date when the information becomes publicly available. Rather, most of the reaction occurs when news of the bankruptcy filing is more widely disseminated via the Broadtape. This “Broadtape announcement effect” persists after controlling for firm size, exchange listing, and predisclosure information. These are primarily timing differences since abnormal returns cumulated over an 11‐day window centered on the filing date do not differ significantly across Broadtape disclosure date classifications.

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