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Further Evidence on the Strategic Timing of Earnings News: Joint Analysis of Weekdays and Times of Day

Authors and Corporations: Michaely, Roni (Author), Rubin, Amir (Other), Vedrashko, Alexander (Other)
Title: Further Evidence on the Strategic Timing of Earnings News: Joint Analysis of Weekdays and Times of Day
Language: English
published:
[S.l.] SSRN [2016]
Item Description: 1 Online-Ressource (51 p) ; In: Forthcoming in Journal of Accounting and Economics ; Nach Informationen von SSRN wurde die ursprüngliche Fassung des Dokuments July 10, 2015 erstellt
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2634875
Description
Using combinations of weekdays and times of day (before, during, and after trading hours) of earnings announcements, we examine whether managers attempt to strategically time these announcements. We document that the worst earnings news is announced on Friday evening and find robust evidence that only Friday evening announcements represent managers' rational opportunistic behavior. Friday evening announcements are followed by insider trading in the direction of earnings news and the largest post-earnings announcement drift. Managers also attempt to reduce interaction with investors and hide more than just earnings news by announcing on Friday evening. We find that Friday evening announcements occur later in the evening than announcements on other evenings, firms have a reduced propensity to hold conference calls, and major firm restructuring events are relatively more likely to occur after Friday evening announcements