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Do financial analysts' long-term growth forecasts matter? Evidence from stock recommendations and career outcomes


  • Jung, Boochun
  • Shane, Philip B.
  • Sunny Yang, Yanhua


Prior literature portrays long-term growth (LTG) forecasts as nonsensical from a valuation perspective. Instead, we hypothesize that LTG forecasts signal high effort and ability to analyze firms' long-term prospects. We document stronger market response to stock recommendation revisions of analysts who publish accompanying LTG forecasts. We also hypothesize and find that these analysts are less likely to leave the profession or move to smaller brokerage houses. Consistent with Reg. FD's intention to promote fundamental analysis of long-term earnings prospects, post-Reg. FD observations drive our results. Overall, we identify previously undocumented benefits accruing to analysts who publish LTG forecasts.

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  • Jung, Boochun & Shane, Philip B. & Sunny Yang, Yanhua, 2012. "Do financial analysts' long-term growth forecasts matter? Evidence from stock recommendations and career outcomes," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 55-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jaecon:v:53:y:2012:i:1:p:55-76 DOI: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2011.11.002

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    Financial analysts; Long-term growth; Analysts' forecasts; Analysts' career outcomes; Value-relevance; Stock recommendations;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting


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