Journal of Applied Finance & Banking

Information in excess analyst coverage: Evidence from Chinaís stock market

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    This paper investigates whether excess analyst coverage can transmit information about future stock return and firm performance. We find that excess analyst coverage is positively correlated with future stock return, return on total assets and unexpected earnings of firms. Meanwhile, the abnormal return of the arbitrage strategy based on excess analyst coverage comes from its predictive power on future firm performance. Moreover, if excess analyst coverage is caused by good news, then higher excess coverage indicates that the firm will perform much better than the marketís expectation, and the stock return is also much higher. Our findings offer further evidence on the information delivery role of analysts and help investors construct more effective investment portfolios.


    JEL classification numbers: G11, G12, G14

    Keywords: Excess analyst coverage, stock return, firm performance, information delivery