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The First- and Second-Hand Effect of Analysts' Stock Recommendations - Evidence from the Swiss Stock Market

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  • Philipp M. Schlumpf
  • Markus M. Schmid
  • Heinz Zimmermann

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    (University of Basel)

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    This paper empirically investigates the impact of both the first release of analysts' stock recommendations to a limited clientele and the subsequent dissemination of the same information in a major newspaper to a broader audience. For a sample of 1460 stock recommendations published in FuW, Switzerland's major financial newspaper, significant positive abnormal returns on the day of the original release of buy recommendations and on the day of publication in FuW are documented. Tests of the price pressure and information hypotheses reveal that analysts' recommendations contain some new information, which is quickly incorporated in the stock prices on the first release of this information. In contrast, the statistically significant announcement effects associated with the publication of already known information can be primarily ascribed to price pressure in the underlying securities.

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    Paper provided by Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel in its series Working papers with number 2006/14.

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    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2006/14

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    Keywords: Stock recommendations; Second-hand information; Analysts; Price pressure and information hypotheses;

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