Further Evidence on the Strategic Timing of Earnings News: Joint Analysis of Weekdays and Times of Day
Forthcoming in Journal of Accounting and Economics
51 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2015 Last revised: 3 May 2016
Date Written: July 10, 2015
Using combinations of weekdays and times of day (before, during, and after trading hours) of earnings announcements, we examine whether managers attempt to strategically time these announcements. We document that the worst earnings news is announced on Friday evening and find robust evidence that only Friday evening announcements represent managers’ rational opportunistic behavior. Friday evening announcements are followed by insider trading in the direction of earnings news and the largest post-earnings announcement drift. Managers also attempt to reduce interaction with investors and hide more than just earnings news by announcing on Friday evening. We find that Friday evening announcements occur later in the evening than announcements on other evenings, firms have a reduced propensity to hold conference calls, and major firm restructuring events are relatively more likely to occur after Friday evening announcements.
Keywords: earnings announcements, timing, Friday evening, inattention, hiding news, post-earnings announcement drift
JEL Classification: G12, G14, L20, M41
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