Directors' purchases "talk" and buybacks "whisper"?

Research output: Working paper


With a unique daily data set from the London Stock Exchange we find that directors’ purchases trigger a higher market reaction compared to share buybacks. Moreover, we find evidence of market timing for both directors’ purchases and actual share buyback transactions, but the former display better short-term timing ability and the latter better medium-term timing ability. We also find a number of concurrent trades for which the share performance is mostly driven by directors’ purchases. However, the non-concurrent trades show that directors’ purchases are not informative, contrary to share buybacks which display a better post-event performance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages58
Publication statusUnpublished - 21 Jul 2016


  • share buybacks
  • directors’ purchases
  • price support
  • market timing
  • undervaluation
  • concurrent trades
  • short-swing


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