Post Loss/Profit Announcement Drift

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Karthik Balakrishnan

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

Eli Bartov

NYU Stern School of Business

Lucile Faurel

Arizona State University

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Date Written: November 20, 2009


We document a market failure to fully respond to loss/profit quarterly announcements. The annualized post portfolio formation return spread between two portfolios formed on extreme losses and extreme profits is approximately 21 percent. This loss/profit anomaly is incremental to previously documented accounting-related anomalies, and is robust to alternative risk adjustments, distress risk, firm size, short sales constraints, transaction costs, and sample periods. In an effort to explain this finding, we show that this mispricing is related to differences between conditional and unconditional probabilities of losses/profits, as if stock prices do not fully reflect conditional probabilities in a timely fashion.

Keywords: Loss/profit mispricing, loss/profit predictability, accounting losses/profits, post earnings announcement drift, earnings-based anomalies

JEL Classification: M41, G14

Suggested Citation

Balakrishnan, Karthik and Bartov, Eli and Faurel, Lucile, Post Loss/Profit Announcement Drift (November 20, 2009). Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Vol. 50, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN: or

Karthik Balakrishnan

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Lucile Faurel

Arizona State University ( email )

W.P. Carey School of Business
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Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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