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Title: The Macbeth factor: The dark side of achievement-driving analysts
Author(s): Chan, Koon Hung 
Author(s): Wang, R. R.
Wang, R.
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Abacus 
Volume: 57
Issue: 2
Start page: 325
End page: 361
He et al. (2018) find achievement-striving analysts exert more effort and exhibit better performance. In this study, we also employ the facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) of analysts as a proxy for achievement drive to re-examine the performance of achievement-striving analysts. We argue that achievement-striving analysts’ superior performance can be alternatively explained by their opportunistic forecast issuances. We find analysts with greater fWHR tend to issue downwardly biased last forecasts before firms’ announcement of actual earnings to curry favour with corporate managers. We also find that analysts with greater fWHR issue more optimistic stock recommendations, especially to underwriting clients of their affiliated brokerage firms, and thus exhibit lower stock picking ability. High-fWHR analysts are also more likely to issue bold positive forecasts but less likely to convey bold negative news. The market shows its concern regarding such opportunistic forecasting behaviour and penalizes analysts with greater fWHR by reacting less to the forecast revisions they issue.
DOI: 10.1111/abac.12187
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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