Measuring the asymmetry level around quarterly reports in the Dow Jones, Nasdaq, and Standard & Poor’s: Before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jaime González Maiz Jiménez, Adán Reyes Santiago, Francisco López-Herrera

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Abstract

This study tests investors’ asymmetry level around the quarterly reports of 47 shares from 2010 to the second quarter of 2020. This asymmetry level was determined by analysing three measures: the Corwin and Schultz’s (2012) spread level, residual sum of squares (RSS) with the capital asset pricing model, and the illiquidity ratio, which were lower after the event for some cases. When discerning between good and bad surprises, statistical differences emerged only with the RSS measure. During the COVID-19 period, these measures were lower after the event for more cases. Thus, information asymmetry significantly reduces in periods of uncertainty, suggesting that quarterly reports are more useful for investors during these periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalInvestment Analysts Journal
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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© 2021 Investment Analysts Society of South Africa.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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