The authors of the study found that over a three year period, stock returns of initial public offerings followed by a high number of analysts were roughly 10 percent higher on average than those firms followed by fewer analysts.
These results indicate that financial analysts' coverage decisions effectively express their opinions of firms – either positive or negative – which in turn affect those firms' returns. The authors conclude, therefore, that analyst information would be more valuable if disincentives for truthful opinions were removed from the marketplace, placing higher value on accuracy than on favorable outcome.
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Somnath Das, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is available for questions and comments.
Re-Jin Guo is Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Illinois at Chicago
Huai Zhang is Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong
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