Do Sell-Side Analysts Exhibit Differential Target Price Forecasting Ability?
Mark Thomas Bradshaw
Lawrence D. Brown
University of Alabama - School of Accountancy
April 1, 2012
We examine the overall and individual analyst performance of 12-month-ahead target price forecasts over the 10-years, 2000-2009. Implied target price-based returns exceed actual returns by an average of 15%, and absolute target price forecast errors average 45%. At the end of the 12-month forecast horizon, only 38% of target prices are met, but 64% are met at some time during the forecast horizon. We find statistically significant but economically weak evidence of persistent differential abilities by sell-side analysts to forecast target prices. Target price announcement period return analyses indicate no differential market reactions to analysts’ target price revisions conditional on their recent target price forecast performance, consistent with the market understanding that analysts have at best limited abilities to persistently provide accurate target price forecasts.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Analysts, Target Prices, Earnings Forecasts, Valuation
JEL Classification: E37, G10, G24, G29working papers series
Date posted: April 20, 2005 ; Last revised: April 7, 2012
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