The value of stock analysts' recommendations: Evidence from emerging markets Moshirian, Fariborz; Ng, David; Wu, Eliza

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Moshirian, Fariborz ; Ng, David ; Wu, Eliza
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International Review of Financial Analysis
Emerging markets; Financial analysts; Stocks
This is the first study to empirically examine post-recommendation buy and hold abnormal returns in emerging markets. By analyzing a sample of 13 emerging countries over the decade from 1996 to 2005, we find that stock prices react strongly to stock analyst recommendations and revisions. We also find that there is a stronger positive bias in analyst recommendations and revisions in emerging markets compared with that in developed markets. In our cross-sectional analysis, we find that the Market-to-Book ratio is the primary indicator for Buy and Strong Buy recommendation regressions. This indicates that stock analysts in emerging markets prefer high growth stocks with attractive characteristics.
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