Financial analysis on social media and disclosure processing costs: Evidence from Seeking Alpha
47 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2018 Last revised: 29 Dec 2022
Date Written: December 23, 2022
Less-informed investors face greater costs of processing earnings news into actionable information. Our findings suggest financial analysis on social media reduces less-informed investors’ disclosure processing costs. Specifically, we document an attenuated spike in earnings announcement information asymmetry for quarters containing more financial analysis on social media in the weeks prior to the EA. Cross-sectional evidence suggests this finding is stronger when coverage from traditional intermediaries is lower, for financial analyses written by more credible authors, and for financial analyses that is more likely relevant to evaluating the EA. Further evidence suggests retail trades, but not institutional trades, at EAs are significantly more profitable in quarters with greater financial analysis on social media, consistent with financial analysis on social media benefitting traders who are otherwise less-informed. Overall, our evidence suggests that financial analysis on social media plays an important role in aiding less-informed investors by helping them better process EA news.
Keywords: Social Media, Information Asymmetry, Earnings Announcements
JEL Classification: M41, M21, G00, G12, O33
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