Alon Kalay

Earnings News, Expected Earnings and Aggregate Stock Returns

Coauthor(s): Jung Ho Choi.

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Abstract:
In contrast to firm-level relations, prior literature finds aggregate earnings changes and aggregate stock returns are negatively related. This paper constructs new measures of aggregate earnings news based on revisions in analyst forecasts. Findings suggest aggregate earnings news is positively related to contemporaneous stock returns. Results also show that aggregate stock returns are positively related to unexpected aggregate forecast errors, and negatively associated with expected aggregate earnings growth. Taken together, these findings suggest the negative relation between aggregate earnings changes and aggregate contemporaneous stock returns results from the expected component of aggregate earnings, rather than aggregate earnings surprises.

Exact Citation:
Choi, Jung Ho, Alon Kalay, and Gil Sadka. "Earnings News, Expected Earnings and Aggregate Stock Returns." Columbia Business School, 2013.
Date: 2013