“One of the arguments made for the cause of the increase in Apple’s share price of late has been that dividends would attract more institutional investors and provide more liquidity to Apple’s shares,” Dirk Schmidt reports for Asymco. “Can we test this argument?”
“The decision to start paying dividends was made three weeks ago. It makes sense to assume that this new information has been absorbed by the markets and market participants have adjusted their positions,” Schmidt reports. “Funds that were previously restricted in their investment in Apple due to its lack of dividend policy, could now go ahead.”
Schmidt reports, “However… the share price climbed continuously before and after the dividend declaration of March 19th (shown in red). Trading patterns did not show unusual highs or lows.”
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