Investor Inattention and the Underreaction to Stock Recommendations

Financial Management, Forthcoming

Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2008-2

Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2008-03-002

40 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2008 Last revised: 14 Nov 2013

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Roger Loh

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Date Written: May 5, 2010

Abstract

Investors’ reaction to stock recommendations is often incomplete so that there is a predictable post-recommendation drift. I investigate investor inattention as a plausible explanation for this drift by using prior turnover as a proxy for attention. I find that low attention stocks react less to stock recommendations than high attention stocks around the three-day event window. Subsequently, the recommendation drift of firms with low attention is more than double in magnitude when compared to firms with high attention. Similar conclusions are reached with alternative proxies for attention. The evidence supports investor inattention as a source of the stock recommendation drift.

Keywords: Underreaction, Investor Attention, Security Analysts, Stock Recommendations

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G29, G32

Suggested Citation

Loh, Roger, Investor Inattention and the Underreaction to Stock Recommendations (May 5, 2010). Financial Management, Forthcoming; Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2008-2; Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2008-03-002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1089773

Roger Loh (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business ( email )

Lee Kong Chian School of Business
50 Stamford Rd
Singapore, 178899
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://www.mysmu.edu/faculty/rogerloh/

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