Access to Management and the Informativeness of Analyst Research
46 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2012 Last revised: 16 Nov 2017
Date Written: January 17, 2014
We examine whether access to management at broker-hosted investor conferences leads to more informative research by analysts. We find analyst recommendation changes have larger immediate price impacts when the analyst’s firm has a conference-hosting relationship with the company. The effect increases with hosting frequency and is strongest in the days following the conference. Conference-hosting brokers also issue more informative, accurate, and timely earnings forecasts than non-hosts. Our findings suggest that access to management remains an important source of analysts’ informational advantage in the post- Regulation Fair Disclosure world.
Keywords: Analyst Recommendations, Earnings Forecasts, Selective Disclosure, Conference Presentations
JEL Classification: G14
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