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Do Analysts Herd? An Analysis of Recommendations and Market Reactions

  • Narasimhan Jegadeesh
  • Woojin Kim

This paper develops and implements a new test to investigate whether sell-side analysts herd around the consensus when they make stock recommendations. Our empirical results support the herding hypothesis. Stock price reactions following recommendation revisions are stronger when the new recommendation is away from the consensus than when it is closer to it, indicating that the market recognizes analysts' tendency to herd. We find that analysts from larger brokerages and analysts following stocks with smaller dispersion across recommendations are more likely to herd.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12866.

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Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Publication status: published as Narasimhan Jegadeesh & Woojin Kim, 2010. "Do Analysts Herd? An Analysis of Recommendations and Market Reactions," Review of Financial Studies, Oxford University Press for Society for Financial Studies, vol. 23(2), pages 901-937, February.
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