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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chen et alia on Firms That Stop Giving Quarterly Earnings Guidance

Is Silence Golden? An Empirical Analysis of Firms that Stop Giving Quarterly Earnings Guidance, by Shuping Chen, University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business; Dawn A. Matsumoto, University of Washington - Department of Accounting; and Shivaram Rajgopal, Emory University - Goizueta Business School, was recently posted on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

We investigate firms that stop providing earnings guidance ("stoppers") either by publicly announcing their decision ("announcers") or doing so quietly ("quiet stoppers"). Relative to firms that continue guiding, stoppers have poorer prior performance, more uncertain operating environments, and fewer informed investors. Announcers commit to nondisclosure because they (i) do not expect to report future good news; or (ii) have lower incentives to guide due to the presence of long-term investors. The three-day return around the announcement is negative. Stoppers subsequently experience increases in analyst forecast dispersion and decreases in forecast accuracy but no change in return volatility or analyst following

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