Question: The Globe and Mail reported on Imperial Oil Ltd s

The Globe and Mail reported on Imperial Oil Ltd.’ s earnings for the third quarter ended on September 30, 2000, released on October 18, 2000. Net income was a record $ 374 million, up from $ 191 million for the same quarter of the previous year. Return on equity was 25.7%, up from 10.1% a year earlier. Earnings for the quarter included a $ 60 million gain on Imperial’s sale of its Cynthia pipeline and other assets. Cash flow for the quarter was $ 433 million, up from $ 270 million in the previous year’s third quarter. The reported profit of $ 374 million was in line with analysts’ expectations.
On October 18, the TSE oil and gas index rose by 0.6%, as the market anticipated higher prices for oil and gas. Yet, Imperial’s share price fell on the day by $ 1.25, to close at $ 37.35. The Globe and Mail also reported analysts’ comments about a widening discount for heavy crude oil relative to light crude. Imperial is Canada’s biggest producer of heavy crude. Also, Imperial’s production from its oil sands projects declined in the quarter, due to maintenance and temporary production problems.

a. Use the market model to calculate the abnormal return, relative to the TSE oil and gas index, on Imperial Oil’s shares for October 18, 2000. Imperial Oil’s beta at the time was approximately 0.65. The risk- free interest rate at this time was approximately 0.0002 per day.
b. Is the abnormal decline in Imperial’s share price on October 18 consistent with efficient securities market theory? Explain why or why not. Consider earnings persistence in your answer.

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