Moderated Confidence and Under- and Overreactions to Related Firm's News
39 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2011 Last revised: 24 Jan 2012
Date Written: Jaunary 22, 2012
In a single information transfer setting, we detect both under- and overreactions of stock prices to corporate earnings news. We find that the stock prices of a firm’s blockholder underreact to the firm’s earnings news but the stock prices of the firm overreact to its blockholder’s earnings news. This new evidence of short-term under- and overreactions in a single setting is consistent with the moderated confidence hypothesis, which predicts that investors tend to bias their estimated signal precision toward the unconditional mean, causing predictable under- (over-) reaction to precise (imprecise) signals. Our study suggests that moderated confidence may play an important role in explaining stock market anomalies.
Keywords: Moderated Confidence, Underreaction, Overreaction, Information Transfers
JEL Classification: G12, G10
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