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Macro to Micro: Country Exposures, Firm Fundamentals and Stock Returns


Ningzhong Li


University of Texas at Dallas

Scott A. Richardson


London Business School; AQR Capital Management, LLC

A. Irem Tuna


London Business School

April 24, 2014

Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Forthcoming

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We outline a systematic approach to incorporate macroeconomic information into firm level forecasting from the perspective of an equity investor. Using a global sample of 198,315 firm-years over the 1998-2010 time period, we find that combining firm level exposures to countries (via geographic segment data) with forecasts of country level performance, is able to generate superior forecasts for firm fundamentals. This result is particularly evident for purely domestic firms. We further find that this forecasting benefit is associated with future excess stock returns. These relations are stronger after periods of higher dispersion in expected country level performance.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 55

Keywords: macroeconomic exposures, earnings, stock returns, geographic segments, Consensus Economics

JEL Classification: G12, G14, M41

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Date posted: March 7, 2012 ; Last revised: April 24, 2014

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Li, Ningzhong and Richardson, Scott A. and Tuna, A. Irem, Macro to Micro: Country Exposures, Firm Fundamentals and Stock Returns (April 24, 2014). Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2017091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2017091

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Ningzhong Li
University of Texas at Dallas ( email )
2601 North Floyd Road
Richardson, TX 75083
United States
Scott Anthony Richardson (Contact Author)
London Business School ( email )
Sussex Place
Regent's Park
London, London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom
AQR Capital Management, LLC ( email )
Greenwich, CT
United States
Ayse Irem Tuna
London Business School ( email )
Sussex Place
Regent's Park
London, London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom
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