This paper examines the stock price behavior around the ex-split dates both before and after the decimalization on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). We find that the abnormal ex-split day returns decrease and the abnormal trading volume increases in the 1/16th and decimal pricing eras, relative to the 1/8th pricing era. These findings are consistent with the microstructure-based explanations for the ex-day price movements. Our study also supports the hypothesis that short-term traders perform arbitrage activities during the ex-split dates when transaction costs become lower after the tick size is reduced.
Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 8(2), 201-216.