Multiple clientele influence on ex-dividend day price performance

Vaughn S. Armstrong, J Ronald Hoffmeister

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This paper considers a change in U.S. dividend taxation for qualified public utility stocks from 1982 through 1985. The change affects some of the highest dividend-yielding U.S. stocks and allows individuals to defer payment of income tax on dividends, ultimately paying tax at capital gains rates, and reduces individual income tax rates. This paper examines these stocks' ex-dividend day performance before, during, and after this tax-law change. Results provide evidence that multiple clienteles, not a single marginal investor, determine ex-dividend day pricing for these stocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1242
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Dividend taxation
  • Ex-dividend day performance
  • High dividend-yield stocks
  • Public utilities
  • Tax clienteles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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