Diagnostic expectations and stock returns

Bordalo, Pedro, Gennaioli, Nicola, La Porta, Rafael and Shleifer, Andrei Diagnostic expectations and stock returns. Journal of Finance. (Accepted)

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Abstract

We revisit LaPorta’s (1996) finding that returns on stocks with the most optimistic analyst long-term earnings growth forecasts are lower than those for stocks with the most pessimistic forecasts. We document the joint dynamics of fundamentals, expectations, and returns of these portfolios, and explain the facts using a model of belief formation based on the representativeness heuristic. Analysts forecast fundamentals from observed earnings growth, but overreact to news by exaggerating the probability of states that have become objectively more likely. We find supportive evidence for the model’s distinctive predictions. An estimation of the model quantitatively accounts for the key patterns.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 14:50
Funders: n/a
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/7237

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