Analyst Forecast Bundling
Forthcoming, Management Science
61 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017 Last revised: 4 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 1, 2019
Changing economic conditions over the past two decades have created incentives for sell-side analysts to both provide their institutional clients tiered services and to streamline their written research process. One manifestation of these changes is an increased likelihood of analysts’ issuing earnings forecasts for multiple firms on the same day. We identify this bundling property and show that bundling has increased steadily over time. We provide field evidence that the practice is a cost-saving measure, a natural byproduct of analysts focusing on thematic research, and a reflection of forecast updating that occurs in advance of important events. Our empirical analyses show that bundled forecasts are less accurate, less bold, and less informative to investors than non-bundled forecasts. We also find that analysts who produce bundled forecasts provide valuable specialized services to their institutional clients. Our findings ultimately demonstrate that forecast bundling has important implications for the properties of analysts’ forecasts.
Keywords: Financial Analysts, Earnings Forecasts, Forecast Bundling
JEL Classification: G14, G24
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation