Accruals, Disclosure and the Pricing of Future Earnings in the European Market

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Dargenidou, C. ; McLeay, S. ; Raonic, I. (2011)

The present study examines the role of disclosure in assisting market participants to form expectations of future earnings from the accrual content of reported earnings. Using the Transparency and Disclosure ratings prepared by Standard and Poor’s, we show how disclosure and accruals jointly affect the earnings expectations that are incorporated in current stock returns, depending not only on the magnitude, but also on their duration, i.e.whether they affect current or non-current operations,and their sign, i.e. whether they increase net operating assets(a positive net accrual) or decrease net operating assets(a negative net accrual).
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