Do hedge funds possess private information about IPO stocks? Evidence from post-IPO holdings

Hong Qian, Zhaodong Zhong

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Abstract

Using hedge funds' holdings of IPO stocks, we find that stocks with abnormally high hedge fund holdings, based on stock and deal characteristics, yield abnormal returns. Moreover, hedge funds are able to sell IPO stocks in a timely fashion before long-run underperforming periods start, suggesting that hedge funds possess information advantages in IPO stocks. Finally, we address the question of where hedge funds may have obtained their information advantages. Hedge funds earn higher abnormal returns in "connected" stocks when their prime brokers also serve as IPO underwriters, indicating that such connections enable hedge funds to make more informed investment decisions in IPO stocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-152
Number of pages36
JournalReview of Asset Pricing Studies
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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