Opposite Sides of a Skewed Bet: Implications and Evidence for Forecast Dispersion and Returns
77 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2017 Last revised: 30 Dec 2022
Date Written: October 15, 2018
I test the predictions of a new asset pricing model regarding the interaction of ex-ante return skewness and the dispersion of analysts’ earnings forecasts on a sample of U.S. stocks. I present evidence that skewness and forecast dispersion have an interactive pricing impact, that forecast dispersion has no marginal impact unless stocks exhibit ex-ante skewness, and that higher risk or risk aversion is associated with a deepening of their joint effect. The average return gap between stocks in the 5th and 95th percentiles by skewness and dispersion is 1.61% monthly (19.3% annualized). These otherwise anomalous discoveries comprise new cross-sectional features of expected stock returns.
Keywords: ex-ante skewness, analyst forecast dispersion, investor beliefs, microstructure influences in asset pricing
JEL Classification: G12, D53, D82
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