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Access to Management and the Informativeness of Analyst Research

Clifton Green, Goizueta Business School, Emory University Atlanta USA

26th Sep 2012  11:30 am - 12:30 pm The Board Room, Darlington Centre

We study the effects of broker-hosted investor conferences on the informativeness of analyst research. We find analysts' stock recommendations have significantly larger price impacts when the broker has a conference-hosting relationship with the firm. The incremental effect is most pronounced in the quarter following the conference and remains significant for three quarters. The post-conference effect is stronger for small, volatile stocks and when the analyst has more experience covering the firm. Analysts at brokers with a conference-hosting relation also issue more accurate earnings forecasts than non-hosts in the post-conference period. Our findings suggest access to management remains an important source of analysts' informational advantage following the passage of Regulation Fair Disclosure.