Earnings Announcement Timing, Uncertainty, and Volatility Risk Premiums
56 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2020 Last revised: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 19, 2020
We examine the relationship between firms’ quarterly earnings report timing and uncertainty before quarterly earnings announcements. Prior research provides conflicting predictions on how investor uncertainty and report timing are related. Using implied volatilities from equity options and the realized returns to straddle positions, we find evidence that uncertainty and volatility risk premiums are higher for firms that report later in the quarter. Further tests show the increase in option premiums is unexplained by risk factors suggesting a mispricing by investors. These results are not associated with static firm-level factors and our findings are concentrated in high growth firms.
Keywords: options, earnings announcements, announcement timing, volatility risk premiums, uncertainty
JEL Classification: G13, M40
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