The Effect of Star Analyst Tournaments on Firms' Information Environment

66 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2014 Last revised: 2 Sep 2016

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Gil Aharoni

University of Melbourne; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Joshua Shemesh

Monash University - Department of Banking and Finance; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Fernando Zapatero

Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Date Written: August 26, 2016

Abstract

Star analysts typically cover 10 to 15 stocks. In half of the stocks they cover, they cross paths with other stars (battleground stocks). We show that being the most accurate star in battleground stocks plays a key role in the annual rankings from Institutional Investor magazine. Star analysts respond to this tournament by producing more accurate earnings forecasts in battleground stocks than in other stocks they cover. We explore several alternative explanations and find that they cannot account for the higher accuracy in battleground stocks. Head-to-head competition between star analysts plays a key role in a firm’s information environment.

Keywords: Star Analysts, Strategic Announcements, Forecast Error

JEL Classification: G20, G24

Suggested Citation

Aharoni, Gil and Shemesh, Joshua and Zapatero, Fernando, The Effect of Star Analyst Tournaments on Firms' Information Environment (August 26, 2016). Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. FBE 05.14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2427567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2427567

Gil Aharoni

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

Joshua Shemesh (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

Fernando Zapatero

Questrom School of Business, Boston University ( email )

595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States
617-353-3631 (Phone)

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