ARE SHORT SELLERS INFORMED? EVIDENCE FROM CREDIT RATING AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-221
Journal / PublicationJournal of Financial Research
Volume40
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Abstract

Although constrained by rules and regulations, informed short selling (tipping) is present before negative credit watch and certain types of rating downgrade announcements. Using entity credit rating and daily short sale data from April 2004 to December 2009, we find that preannouncement abnormal short selling significantly increases toward the announcement dates and is negatively related to postannouncement stock returns. Furthermore, short selling driven by tipping is more pronounced before more severe and more surprising rating downgrades. This study provides evidence favoring the private information hypothesis (tipping) in the ongoing debate of the informational advantage of short sellers.