Graduation Year

2017

Date of Submission

4-2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

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Joshua Rosett

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Abstract

Mutual funds and money managers have recently come under fire for their inability to beat market level returns since the Great Recession. With the recent trend towards passive money management through ETFs and other market-based securities, many investors have come to doubt whether above market returns are realizable in today’s economic climate. This paper examines whether business news has any predictable impact on stock price. Specifically, the paper explores the impact of analyst reports, mergers & acquisition news, legal affairs, insider buying and selling and changes to executive leadership on a stock’s excess returns. The results show that optimistic analyst ratings are correlated with positive excess returns before, during, and after the ratings are released. Furthermore, pessimistic analyst ratings are correlated with negative excess returns over the same time frame. These results provide support for a short term trading strategy that mirrors analyst opinions.

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