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Are Underwriter-Analysts More Informed? Scandinavian Evidence


  • Lidén, Erik R.

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


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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  • Lidén, Erik R., 2004. "Are Underwriter-Analysts More Informed? Scandinavian Evidence," Working Papers in Economics 132, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, revised 18 Oct 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0132

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

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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