Analyst earnings forecast under complex corporate ownership in China

Wei Huang, Brian Wright

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates stock analysts' earnings forecasts under complex corporate ownership in China. Based on a sample of 1298 firms for years 2004-2011, our evidence suggests that state shareholding is negatively related to the quality of consensus analysts' earnings forecasts. In particular, it is associated with stronger upward bias, and larger 'inaccuracy'. We also show that higher percentages of tradable shares, A-shares, block tradable shareholdings, and institutional shareholdings improve forecast quality. Further robustness tests suggest block shareholding, irrespective of the shareholder type (state/tradable/institutional), is associated with lower probabilities of downward forecast revisions later in the year.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-84
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
    Volume35
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

    Keywords

    • Analyst forecast bias
    • China
    • Ownership structure
    • State shareholding

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics

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