What Insiders Know About Future Earnings and How They Use it: Evidence from Insider Trades
46 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2001
Date Written: March, 2002
This paper provides evidence that insiders possess, and trade upon, knowledge of specific and economically-significant forthcoming accounting disclosures as long as two years prior to the disclosure. Stock sales by insiders increase three to nine quarters prior to a break in a string of consecutive increases in quarterly earnings. Insider stock sales are greater for growth firms, before a longer period of declining earnings, and when the earnings decline at the break is greater. Consistent with avoiding an established legal jeopardy, there is little abnormal selling in the two quarters immediately prior to the break.
Keywords: Insider trading, Securities regulation
JEL Classification: G18, M41, K22
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