Automated traders are in an elite club. Every day, they walk a high-stakes tightrope between the potential for big gains and big losses. Whether you’re a market maker, volatility trader, or systematic trader, every day is like a poker tournament held at microsecond speeds.
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Information drives investing. Those who are able to detect trading signals in the overall flow of corporate data — beyond the data everyone is looking at — hold a decisive advantage over those who do not. The additional data to discern includes a public corporation’s scheduling and revision of an earnings announcement. Professor Joshua Livnat, New York University, and Assistant Professor Li Zhang, Rutgers Business School, have recently released "Is There News in the Timing of Earnings Announcements?" The authors find that the mere announcement of a scheduled earnings release date itself can be associated with significant abnormal returns if it either advances or delays the earnings announcement relative to prior expectations.
In his paper, "Time Will Tell: Information in the Timing of Scheduled Earnings News", author Eric So, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, finds that a firm’s initiated earnings date revisions can be used to predict that firm’s earning news. Using Wall Street Horizon data as a primary source of the study, the author finds firms that advance their earnings dates performed better on average than those that delayed and did so by a significant margin. “Better” is defined as a greater earnings performance, higher returns and a greater Return on Assets when compared to their counterparts that delayed their announcements.
Traditionally it has been accepted that managers try to bury bad earnings reports by releasing them at three different times: after trading hours have closed for the day, on days when many other firms are reporting and on Fridays. The theory behind reporting in this way is that research has shown that the market is paying less attention during these times.We can only process so much information at a time so it is easy to see why reporting at the same time as others is an effective strategy to bury disappointing earnings. After the market closes, analysts and traders may be unwinding from the day. While on Friday, perhaps traders are looking towards the weekend, which is one explanation why trading volume tends to be down on that day.