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Title: Earnings quality, analysts, institutional investors and stock price synchronicity
Authors: Zhou, Jing
Keywords: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Stock price forecasting
Financial statements
Institutional investors
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Abstract: Stock price signals information to the financial market, the informativeness of stock price is always a keen topic in finance and accounting literature. Recently, attention has been directed to stock price synchronicity as a measure of stock price informativeness. The objective of this study is to examine the relationship between earnings quality (measured by a set of seven attributes: accrual quality, persistence, predictability, smoothness, value relevance, timeliness and conservatism) and stock price synchronicity. In addition, I examine with the presence of financial analysts and institutional investors, whether the relation between earnings quality and stock price synchronicity is stronger or weaker. Using 7,422 firm-year observations from 1996-2004 in the US market, I conduct the tests using the methods outlined in Fama-MacBeth (1983). The results support the hypothesis that the higher (lower) the earnings quality the lower (higher) the stock price synchronicity. The results are generally consistent with the information perspective of stock price synchronicity. I partition the full sample into analyst following/non-analyst following subsamples and high/low institutional ownership subsamples. The regression results reveal that the relation between stock price synchronicity and earnings quality is stronger for analyst following subsample (AF) and high institutional ownership (HIO) subsample, indicating that financial analysts and institutional investors reinforce the relation between earnings quality and stock price synchronicity. Overall, I find evidence that the higher (lower) earnings quality is associated with lower (higher) stock price synchronicity. This evidence suggests that earnings quality matters in the information incorporation process. I further provide evidence that two market participants, financial analysts and institutional investors reinforce the above relation.
Description: iv, 173 leaves ; 30 cm.
PolyU Library Call No.: [THS] LG51 .H577P AF 2008 Zhou
Rights: All rights reserved.
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