Impact of Dividend Announcements on Stock Prices of UK Firms Listed in London Stock Exchange

The aim of this paper is to explore the possible relationship between dividend announcement and stock price reactions upon announcements by the quoted firms in London Stock Exchange (LSE). For the sake of this study, an event-study methodology was employed to calculate any abnormal or excess returns around dividend announcements for 100 firms listed in the LSE over a period of 5 years (2010-2014). The result of the event study indicates that dividend announcements do not convey information to investors (Khan, 2011). The researcher concludes by saying that dividend announcements do not convey any information to share prices, which is in consonance with the M-M Dividend Irrelevance Theory.