Google Searches around Analyst Recommendation Revisions: Evidence from the Taiwan Stock Market

72 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017 Last revised: 3 Dec 2018

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Ming-Hung Wu

Beijing Normal University - Zhuhai Campus

Wei-Che Tsai

Oregon State University; National Sun Yat-sen University - Department of Finance

Date Written: December 3, 2018

Abstract

We set out in this study is to investigate the impact of Google search volume on stock prices around periods of recommendation revision announcements made by securities firms in the Taiwan stock market. Our results reveal that for upgrade announcements, the Internet searches that are initiated by investor attention lead to only a temporary increase in positive price pressure around the revision announcement periods, whereas the price effect of the informed component extracted from the Google searches is found to be persistent. We also find that trading volume reflects more of the upcoming news around the revision announcement periods. Our results suggest that at least some retail investors will employ a search engine to obtain valid firm-specific information relating to the recommendation revisions.

Keywords: Emerging markets; Investor attention; Internet search; Information demand; Recommendation revisions.

JEL Classification: G00, G14, G15, G40

Suggested Citation

Wu, Ming-Hung and Tsai, Wei-Che, Google Searches around Analyst Recommendation Revisions: Evidence from the Taiwan Stock Market (December 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3028489

Ming-Hung Wu

Beijing Normal University - Zhuhai Campus ( email )

No 18 Jinfeng Road, Tangjiawan
Zhuhai, Guangdong
China

Wei-Che Tsai (Contact Author)

Oregon State University ( email )

Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

National Sun Yat-sen University - Department of Finance ( email )

No.70, Lianhai Rd., Gushan District,
Kaohsiung City
Taiwan

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