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Do Demand Curves for Small Stocks Slope Down?

By Ernest N. Biktimirov, Arnold R. Cowan and Bradford D. Jordan

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Stocks added to the S&P 500 generally experience positive abnormal returns following the announcement. Several competing explanations exist for this reaction, but small sample sizes and other issues make it difficult to distinguish among them. We examine this subject using the small-cap Russell 2000 index, which has several advantages over the S&P 500 in this context. Our primary finding is that stocks added to or deleted from the Russell 2000 experience significant changes in stock price and trading volume, but the effect is transitory. The results support the price pressure hypothesis. 2004 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1475-6803.2004.t01-1-00077.x
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