06 Feb '12, 10pm

Companies Get a Boost in Stock from Reporting Greenhouse Gas Info

Companies Get a Boost in Stock from Reporting Greenhouse Gas Info

Shareholder groups that pressure companies to release greenhouse gas emission data could have more strength behind their arguments, now that a study found share prices increase when companies voluntarily disclose information on their emissions. Looking at press releases issued over 10 years, the study found average stock prices increased nearly half a percent in the days after emissions announcements, with larger gains for smaller companies. "It's a transparency issue," said study co-author Paul A. Griffin, professor of management at University of California-Davis. "(On average), it's ok to go ahead and do these and not be fearful the market will misinterpret them or take them the wrong way." The study, "Going Green: Market Reaction to CSR Newswire Releases ," involved 172 press releases put out by 84 U.S. companies through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Newswir...

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