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Does the Precision of News Affect Market Underreaction? Evidence from Returns Following Two Classes of Profit Warnings


  • George Bulkley
  • Renata Herrerias


"We evaluate whether the market reacts rationally to profit warnings by testing for subsequent abnormal returns. Warnings fall into two classes: those that include a new earnings forecast, and those that offer only the guidance that earnings will be below current expectations. We find significant negative abnormal returns in the first three months following both types of warning. There is also evidence that underreaction is more pronounced when the disclosure is less precise. Abnormal returns are significantly more negative following disclosures that offer only qualitative guidance than when a new earnings forecast is included". Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2005.

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  • George Bulkley & Renata Herrerias, 2005. "Does the Precision of News Affect Market Underreaction? Evidence from Returns Following Two Classes of Profit Warnings," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 11(5), pages 603-624.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:11:y:2005:i:5:p:603-624

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