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Title: The information content of concurrently announced earnings, cash dividends, and stock dividends: An investigation of the Chinese stock market
Authors: Chen, G
Firth, M
Gao, N
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Journal of international financial management and accounting, 2002, v. 13, no. 2, p. 101-124 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting 
Abstract: The firms listed on China's stock market are less than ten years old and to date there has been relatively little research on the usefulness of their accounting disclosures for investors. This study focuses on the information content of annual earnings and dividend announcements made by listed Chinese companies. Earnings, cash dividends, and stock dividends are announced concurrently in China and so this allows for tests of their information usefulness and of the interactions between the three signals. Based on a data set of up to 1, 232 announcements, we find that unexpected earnings, proxied by earnings changes, are positively related to abnormal returns. Thus, earnings are used by investors in setting market prices. Stock dividends corroborate or attenuate the earnings signal. If the sign of the unexpected stock dividend (increase, decrease) is the same as the sign of the unexpected earnings, then the earnings signal is stronger. If the signs are opposite, the earnings signal is weaker. Unexpected cash dividends have little impact on the earnings signal. Stock dividends per se have a small association with stock returns. In contrast, cash dividends have no discernible association with stock returns and this is consistent with dividend irrelevance arguments. Our results are robust across a number of sensitivity tests.
ISSN: 0954-1314
DOI: 10.1111/1467-646X.00080
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