Expert Network Calls

Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2022-03-013

Charles A Dice Center Working Paper No. 2022-13

56 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2022 Last revised: 7 Sep 2023

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Sean Cao

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

T. Clifton Green

Emory University - Department of Finance

Lijun (Gillian) Lei

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Shaojun Zhang

The Ohio State University

Date Written: May 15, 2023

Abstract

Expert networks provide investors with in-depth discussions with subject matter experts. Expert call demand is higher for younger, technology-oriented firms and those with greater intangible assets, consistent with demand for information regarding hard-to-value firms. We find that expert call volume is associated with hedge fund sales, greater short interest, negative firm performance, and more efficient price response to negative news. The evidence is stronger for calls that are negative in tone, and expert sentiment plays a more prominent role than client sentiment. The findings are consistent with expert networks helping investors discern complicated bad news.

Keywords: Expert Networks, Price Efficiency, Hedge Funds, Informed Trading

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Cao, Sean S. and Green, T. Clifton and Lei, Lijun and Zhang, Shaojun, Expert Network Calls (May 15, 2023). Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2022-03-013, Charles A Dice Center Working Paper No. 2022-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4280865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4280865

Sean S. Cao

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )

College Park, MD 20742-1815
United States

T. Clifton Green (Contact Author)

Emory University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322-2710
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Lijun Lei

University of North Carolina at Greensboro ( email )

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Greensboro, NC 27412
United States

Shaojun Zhang

The Ohio State University

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Columbus, OH 43210-1144
United States

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