Analysts' Earnings Forecast Errors and Cost of Equity Capital Estimates
Mendoza College of Management, University of Notre Dame
July 27, 2012
Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013
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, G29Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 19, 2008 ; Last revised: August 25, 2012
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