Does Industry Competition Influence Analyst-level Coverage Decisions and Career Outcomes?
50 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 6, 2020
We analyze whether industry competition is an important factor in analyst coverage decisions and whether analysts benefit from covering product market competitors. We find that analysts are more likely to cover a firm when this firm competes with and offers more similar products to the firms already covered by the analyst. We also find that analysts who cover product market competitors are more likely to obtain star status. These results are consistent with the importance of industry competition and product market knowledge obtained through covering product market competitors to analysts.
Keywords: Industry Competition; Coverage Decisions; Career Outcomes; Analysts
JEL Classification: G24, L20
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