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The objective of this study is to determine whether companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange overreacted to unexpected favourable and unfavourable company-specific news events during the period 1970 - 1984. The JSE appears to be inefficient in reacting to the announcement of unfavourable news; economically significant abnormal returns up to one year following the event are observed. The JSE does not appear to overreact to news of a favourable nature, there is only weak evidence ofdoi:10.4102/sajbm.v20i3.951 fatcat:kchhb6vux5b53e5xwqoilfeyre