Day-end effect on the Paris Bourse

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Journal of Financial Research, 2006, 29 (1), pp. 131 - 146
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We study the day-end effect on the Paris Bourse, a computerized order-driven market with competing dealers. The day-end return is approximately double the magnitude found in U.S. data and is nearly four times larger for stocks trading with a registered dealer. However, this is largely explained by the time between trades and the bid-ask spread. Unlike the U.S. data, the effect does not decline as stock price increases, probably because of a variable tick size in the Paris market. Finally, a change to a closing call auction in May 1996 for a subset of stocks did not reduce the day-end effect.
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