The Confirmation Effect of Analyst Recommendation Reiterations

29 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2016 Last revised: 13 Aug 2019

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Jing Chen

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Michael J. Jung

University of Delaware - Accounting & MIS

Joshua Ronen

New York University (NYU) - Department of Accounting

Date Written: September 26, 2017

Abstract

The vast majority of reports written by sell-side equity analysts conclude with a reiteration of the analyst’s existing recommendation on a firm’s stock. Yet there is a disproportionate amount of research that focuses on the market reactions of changes in recommendations and a prevailing sense that reiterations do not matter. In this paper, we test the hypothesis that reiterations of recommendations serve to resolve information uncertainty since the original recommendation was published and that they give rise to market reactions in the direction of the original recommendation, which we call a confirmation effect. Using a sample of analyst reports that do not contain any changes in recommendations, earnings forecasts, or price targets, we focus solely on reiterations and show that they are associated with proxies for information content, reductions in information uncertainty, and return reactions consistent with a confirmation effect.

Keywords: Analysts, Analyst recommendations, Reiterations, Confirmation effect

JEL Classification: M41, G24

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jing and Jung, Michael J. and Ronen, Joshua, The Confirmation Effect of Analyst Recommendation Reiterations (September 26, 2017). Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, October 2017, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 576-592. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808307

Jing Chen

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Michael J. Jung (Contact Author)

University of Delaware - Accounting & MIS ( email )

Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
Newark, DE 19716
United States

Joshua Ronen

New York University (NYU) - Department of Accounting ( email )

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New York, NY 10012-1118
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HOME PAGE: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~jronen/

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