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1 May 2012 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 68, Issue 3

Jump on the Post–Earnings Announcement Drift (corrected)

  1. Haigang Zhou
  2. John Qi Zhu

The authors examined the potential profitability of a strategy that exploits the post–earnings announcement drifts contingent on jump dynamics identified in stock prices around earnings announcements. With long positions in positive-jump stocks and short positions in negative-jump stocks, their hedge portfolio achieved an annualized abnormal return of 15.3% and an annualized Sharpe ratio of 1.52 over the last four decades. Neither conventional risk factors nor common company characteristics explain the abnormal return.

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