Earnings Persistence, Fundamentals, and Anticipation of Breaking Earnings Strings

Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences

40 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2014 Last revised: 2 Nov 2016

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Li Yao

Concordia University, Quebec

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

Using a sample of firms that have consecutive earnings growth for more than 20 quarters (earnings strings), I assess the relationship between earnings persistence and the extent to which investors are able to anticipate breaks of earnings strings. I find that firm-specific earnings persistence exhibits a concave trend during earnings strings. Stock returns are significantly and positively associated with earnings persistence. Upon breaks of earnings strings, investors’ reactions are more negative for firms having higher earnings persistence — especially those with smaller institutional holdings and analyst coverage, and those with insider selling activities — before the break. Additional analyses show that variations in firms’ economic performance (fundamentals) explain the varying earnings persistence during earnings strings.

Keywords: Earnings Strings, Earnings Persistence, Fundamental Analysis, Market Efficiency

JEL Classification: M41, G14

Suggested Citation

Yao, Li, Earnings Persistence, Fundamentals, and Anticipation of Breaking Earnings Strings (March 1, 2015). Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2374695

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