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Does the Accrual Anomaly Persist? //Evidence from the U.S. Stock Market

Author: Mgr. Michal Kolář
Year: 2017 - summer
Leaders: prof. Ing. Evžen Kočenda M.A., Ph.D., DSc.
Consultants:
Work type: Finance, Financial Markets and Banking
Masters
Language: English
Pages: 72
Awards and prizes:
Link: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/zzp/detail/192165/
Abstract: Understanding what drives stock returns is an essential question for investors,
financial institutions, and economists. The question is important not only for individuals, but
also for the overall economy, as forms of inefficiency such as bubbles can lead to stock
market crashes that have a negative impact on the real economy itself. In contrast to the
Efficient Markets Hypothesis, which posits that the stock market is efficient at correctly
pricing stocks, the accrual anomaly is an example of one of the largest inefficiencies in the
equity market. The aim of this thesis is to examine if the accrual anomaly has lessened in
recent history. We analyze if the increasing trend of institutional funds trading on accrual
mispricing, the increasing presence of cash flow forecasts, or earnings quality could be
responsible for mitigating the accrual anomaly effect. A robust MM regression is used to
assess the anomaly alleviation. The analysis focuses on the US stock market. We confirm the
mitigation of accrual mispricing based on the increase in trading on the accrual anomaly and
quality of earnings for the period from 1991 to 2015, but not the growing number of cash
flow forecasts
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