The present study investigates whether equity analyst reports benefit clients and improve stock price efficiency. Company-focus reports issued and documented by six brokerage companies in Indonesia are collected and the analysis focuses on the revisions of stock recommendations (upgrade, downgrade, or reiteration); earnings forecasts; and price targets. First, the results show that analyst reports contribute to client's returns. Upgrade revisions, downgrade revisions and price target revisions significantly influence clients' abnormal returns. However, clients do not seem to take into account earnings forecast revisions. Second, the finding reveal that analyst reports contribute to stock price efficiency. Upgrade revisions and price target revisions improve price efficiency. However, earnings forecast revisions and downgrade revisions do not appear to improve price efficiency. Third, the results indicate that price efficiency improvement tends to reduce non-client (market) abnormal returns, which corroborates the second finding.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Nov 2013|
- Abnormal return
- Price efficiency
- Price informativeness