Naïve Earnings Growth Extrapolation
62 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2021 Last revised: 23 Oct 2022
Date Written: August 2, 2021
Using the unique financial reporting format in China, where quarterly earnings are reported on a year-to-date basis, we test behavioral finance models featuring fundamental extrapolation. We show that stocks with the strongest past year-to-date earnings growth experience a significant price run-up during the five trading days before their earnings announcements and a significant return reversal afterward. The effects are more pronounced for stocks with a larger retail clientele and less analyst coverage. Corroborating evidence from retail investor net buying demand suggests that investors naïvely extrapolate the salient but less informative year-to-date earnings growth when forecasting the upcoming earnings.
Keywords: Extrapolation, Earnings Announcements, Speculative Trading, Financial Reporting
JEL Classification: G14, G40, G41
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