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Title

Analyst Earnings Forecast Trends in Pacific Rim Countries

Abstract

This study analyzes trends in analyst forecast properties from 1987 through 1998 in the United States and seven Pacific Rim countries: Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Analyst forecast properties in the United States have become less dispersed, more accurate, and less optimistic during the sample period. Similar trends exist in Australia and New Zealand, but not in the other sample countries. In contrast, the forecast property trends of most Asian countries are the exact opposite. For example, in Japan and Korea, forecast dispersion, forecast error, and optimism all significantly increase over the sample period. The results suggest that Asian firms do not play the U.S.‐style earnings game in which managers guide analysts toward a certain target number and then report earnings that beat the target.

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Journal Title

Managerial Finance

Publisher

Emerald Publishing

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03074350410769155

Document Type

Article

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