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Is silence golden? An empirical analysis of firms that stop giving quarterly earnings guidance

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  • Chen, Shuping
  • Matsumoto, Dawn
  • Rajgopal, Shiva
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    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 non-disclosure 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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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Accounting and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 51 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 134-150

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:51:y:2011:i:1:p:134-150

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    Keywords: Earnings guidance; Disclosure; Determinants; Consequences; Stoppage;

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    Cited by:
    1. Yang, Holly I., 2012. "Capital market consequences of managers' voluntary disclosure styles," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 167-184.
    2. Chuk, Elizabeth & Matsumoto, Dawn & Miller, Gregory S., 2013. "Assessing methods of identifying management forecasts: CIG vs. researcher collected," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 23-42.
    3. Koch, Adam S. & Lefanowicz, Craig E. & Robinson, John R., 2012. "The effect of quarterly earnings guidance on share values in corporate acquisitions," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(5), pages 1269-1285.

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