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Are Underwriter-Analysts More Informed? Scandinavian Evidence

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  • Lidén, Erik R.

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

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    Excess returns for Scandinavian IPO-firm initial buy recommendations registered on the First Call database from underwriter analysts (informed analysts) for 1996-2002 were compared to those of non-underwriter analysts (uninformed analysts). Underwriter analysts recommendations outperformed non-underwriter analyst recommendations during the first year after publication, yielding 28 percent higher mean excess returns. Supporting the superior-information hypothesis and contradict earlier research, the result may be explained by two factors: (1) a lower regional competition between banks for winning corporate finance deals in Scandinavia than the regional competition between banks in the U.S.; and (2) an extended analyst coverage of IPO firms today than during earlier periods making it costlier for underwriter analysts to be caught with giving positively biased buy recommendations.

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    Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 132.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 28 Jun 2004
    Date of revision: 19 Nov 2004
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0132

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    Keywords: Initial public offerings; Quiet period; Stock recommendations; Underwriter analysts;

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