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Title: The effectiveness of price limits and stock characteristics : evidence from the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges
Authors: Chen, GM
Rui, OM
Wang, SS
Keywords: Chinese A shares
GMM
Market sentiment
Price limits
Volatility
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Review of quantitative finance and accounting, 2005, v. 25, no. 2, p. 159-182 How to cite?
Journal: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 
Abstract: We examine the effectiveness of price limits on Chinese A shares and investigate the characteristics of those stocks that hit their price limits more frequently. We find that the effect of price limits is asymmetric for the A shares in upward and downward price movements and different for bullish and bearish sample periods. During a bullish period price limits effectively reduce stock volatility for downward price movements, but not for upward price movements; while during a bearish period price limits effectively reduce stock volatility for upward price movements, but not for downward price movements. Second, price limits delay efficient price discovery for upward price movements, but not for downward price movements. However, we do not find evidence to suggest that price limits harmfully interfere with the stock trading processes in the Chinese A share markets. Finally, we find that actively traded stocks hit their price limits more often and tend to hit the lower limit more frequently when overall market conditions are bearish. Stocks with high book-to-market values of equity hit their upper price limits more frequently, while stocks with a high ratio of tradable shares tend to hit their price limits less frequently.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25605
ISSN: 0924-865X
DOI: 10.1007/s11156-005-4247-7
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