We test the theoretical relation between idiosyncratic return volatilities and the volatilities of cash-flow news based on the expected returns on equity (ROE) for CRSP stocks over the period 1977-2008. Consistent with economic intuition, we find that using analyst forecasts of earnings is superior to using realized earnings to proxy for market expectations about future cash flow news. Our findings are consistent with a market where stock return volatilities are positively and asymmetrically related to changes in the volatilities of expectations for a fundamental driver of cash flow news (ROE). Our findings are robust after correcting for forecast biases, various fundamental variables, newly-listed and mature firms, and periods with and without earnings announcements.

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Keywords Cash-flow news, Earnings forecasts, Fundamental variables, I/B/E/S, Idiosyncratic volatilities
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2015.06.001
Journal International Review of Financial Analysis
Kryzanowski, L. (Lawrence), & Mohsni, S. (2015). Earnings forecasts and idiosyncratic volatilities. International Review of Financial Analysis, 41, 107–123. doi:10.1016/j.irfa.2015.06.001