On the Anomalous Stock Price Response to Management Earnings Forecasts
Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Forthcoming
Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 1, 2012
This paper examines stock price formation subsequent to management forecasts of quarterly earnings. In the post-announcement period, we find a significant upward price drift for both good news forecasts and bad news forecasts. Combined with the asymmetry in the initial market response, the upward post-guidance drift in stock prices is consistent with a reversal of an initial overreaction to managers’ bad news forecasts and a continuation of an initial under-reaction to managers’ good news forecasts. This interpretation is supported by a negative (positive) relationship between the initial market response and the post-guidance drift in the bad news (good news) group. The drift pattern is robust to issues arising from measurement. Trading strategies exploiting the post-announcement drift suggest the existence of economically significant trading profits, net of estimated trading costs.
Keywords: management forecasts, earnings guidance, stock price drift, overreaction, underreaction
JEL Classification: G14, G30, M41
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