Abstract

The continuous growth in Islamic finance over the past decades grabbed the interest of empirical researchers who investigated different aspects of Shariah compliant firms. In this thesis, we are interested to explore the impact of Shariah compliance on stock price synchronicity and informativeness. Our rational is that Shariah standard forced compliant firms to release more firm-specific information compared with conventional ones and given that Shariah compliant firms are more associated with information transparency taking into consideration the impact of the Shariah on the governance of the compliant firms. We claim that these features of Shariah compliant firms lead to less price synchronicity compared with conventional firms. We use data from 11 emerging and developed countries for the period of 2000 to 2018. Our findings suggest that firms' compliance to Shariah has a significant negative impact on stock price synchronicity confirming that Shariah compliance decreases the co-movements of the stocks. The results are consistent with the unique characteristics and the financial ratio constrains of compliant firms increase the information transparency and accuracy.

Department

Management Department

Degree Name

MS in Finance

Date of Award

2-1-2020

Online Submission Date

January 2020

First Advisor

Mohamed Bouaddi, Neveen Ahmed

Committee Member 1

Youssef, Noha

Committee Member 2

Wael Abdallah, Noha Youssef

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

48p||048 p.

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