What do analysts do? Discussion of “Information interpretation or information discovery: which role of analysts do investors value more?”

What do analysts do? Discussion of “Information interpretation or information discovery: which... Three decades of accounting and finance research has extensively studied the outputs from financial analysts. However, there is sparse systematic evidence on what analysts do to generate their outputs in the form of forecasts, recommendations, and research reports. Livnat and Zhang (Rev Account Stud, 2012) provide interesting new evidence regarding the relative amount of value added that analysts produce by examining investors’ reaction to analysts’ forecast revisions issued promptly after firms’ public disclosures compared with those issued at other times. Their analysis shows that prompt revisions are associated with larger returns, which the authors interpret as evidence that analysts’ ability to interpret public disclosures is more valuable to investors. Three issues bear consideration in the interpretation of these findings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Accounting Studies Springer Journals

What do analysts do? Discussion of “Information interpretation or information discovery: which role of analysts do investors value more?”

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Business and Management; Accounting/Auditing; Corporate Finance; Public Finance
ISSN
1380-6653
eISSN
1573-7136
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11142-012-9195-6
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Abstract

Three decades of accounting and finance research has extensively studied the outputs from financial analysts. However, there is sparse systematic evidence on what analysts do to generate their outputs in the form of forecasts, recommendations, and research reports. Livnat and Zhang (Rev Account Stud, 2012) provide interesting new evidence regarding the relative amount of value added that analysts produce by examining investors’ reaction to analysts’ forecast revisions issued promptly after firms’ public disclosures compared with those issued at other times. Their analysis shows that prompt revisions are associated with larger returns, which the authors interpret as evidence that analysts’ ability to interpret public disclosures is more valuable to investors. Three issues bear consideration in the interpretation of these findings.

Journal

Review of Accounting StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 21, 2012

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