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The Effects of Disclosure and Analyst Regulations on the Relevance of Analyst Characteristics for Explaining Analyst Forecast Accuracy


Sami Keskek


University of Arkansas - Sam M. Walton College of Business

Linda A. Myers


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Thomas C. Omer


University of Nebraska at Lincoln - School of Accountancy

Marjorie K. Shelley


University of Nebraska at Lincoln - School of Accountancy

November 2015


Abstract:     
We posit and find an effect of disclosure and analyst reporting regulations implemented from 2000 through 2003 (including Regulation Fair Disclosure, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Global Settlement Act) on the importance of analyst and forecast characteristics for analyst forecast accuracy. In particular, following the enactment of these regulations, more experienced analysts and All-Star analysts do not maintain their superior forecast accuracy, and analysts employed by large brokerage houses perform worse than other analysts. In addition, following the enactment of these regulations, we find a decrease in the importance of analyst effort, the number of industries and firms followed, days elapsed since the last forecast, and forecast horizon. While the importance of bold upward forecast revisions does not change, bold downward revisions lose their relevance for forecast accuracy after 2003. Finally, we find an increase in the important of prior forecast accuracy.

We also posit and find that the importance of these characteristics varies with the precision of publicly available information. Specifically, the decrease in the importance of most analyst and forecast characteristics and the increase in the importance of prior forecast accuracy are greater when the precision of publicly available information is low.

Overall, our results suggest that the positive effects of experience, effort, brokerage house size, and All-Star status on forecast accuracy in the pre-regulation period were because of the information advantages that these analysts enjoyed (rather than their ability to generate private information). In contrast, our results suggest that prior forecast accuracy is related to analysts’ ability to generate private information.

Because investors consider analyst and forecast characteristics when they form expectations about earnings, our findings can help investors to better assess and use analyst forecasts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: Analyst forecast errors, analyst disagreement, information uncertainty, private information

JEL Classification: M40, M41


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Date posted: September 25, 2012 ; Last revised: November 24, 2015

Suggested Citation

Keskek, Sami and Myers, Linda A. and Omer, Thomas C. and Shelley, Marjorie K., The Effects of Disclosure and Analyst Regulations on the Relevance of Analyst Characteristics for Explaining Analyst Forecast Accuracy (November 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2151483 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2151483

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Sami Keskek
University of Arkansas - Sam M. Walton College of Business ( email )
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Linda A. Myers (Contact Author)
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville ( email )
Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN
United States
Thomas C. Omer
University of Nebraska at Lincoln - School of Accountancy ( email )
307 College of Business Administration
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488
United States
Marjorie Shelley
University of Nebraska at Lincoln - School of Accountancy ( email )
307 College of Business Administration
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488
United States
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