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Analysts' Earnings Forecast Errors and Cost of Equity Capital Estimates


Stephannie Larocque


University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business

July 27, 2012

Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013

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This study investigates the relation between analysts’ forecast errors and cost of equity capital estimates implied from analysts’ earnings forecasts and price. My analysis predicts and removes forecast errors from analysts’ earnings forecasts on an out-of-sample basis and then uses these adjusted analysts’ forecasts to reverse-engineer cost of equity capital estimates. While the correction for predictable analysts’ forecast errors meaningfully lowers each of three firm-level implied COEC estimates employed in this study and commonly used in the literature, I do not find that this correction improves their association with realized returns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: analyst forecasts, cost of capital, expected returns

JEL Classification: M41, M45, G12, G29

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Date posted: December 19, 2008 ; Last revised: August 25, 2012

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Larocque, Stephannie, Analysts' Earnings Forecast Errors and Cost of Equity Capital Estimates (July 27, 2012). Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1317509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1317509

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Stephannie A. Larocque (Contact Author)
University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business ( email )
Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States
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