44 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 20, 2012
We show empirically that analysts who display more consistent forecast errors have greater ability to affect prices, and that this effect is larger than that of stated accuracy. These results lead to three implications. First, consistent analysts are less likely to be demoted and are more likely to be nominated All Star analysts. Second, analysts strategically deliver downward-biased forecasts to increase their consistency (if at the expense of stated accuracy). Finally, the benefits of consistency and of “lowballing” (accuracy) are increasing (decreasing) in institutional investors’ presence.
Keywords: analyst forecast, consistency, Reg FD
JEL Classification: M4, G2
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Hilary, Gilles and Hsu, Charles, Analyst Forecast Consistency (January 20, 2012). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988919