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Analysts’ recommendations useful?

Studies of brokerage firms’ stock recommendations have focused on U.S. analysts; now there is one focusing on Canadian analysts. Published in the Spring, 2008 issue of Canadian Investment Reviewand authored by four professors from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, it covers the period from 1996 to 2004.
Their findings roughly parallel those of the 1998and the 2003U.S. studies of Barber and associates. The authors conclude Canadian analysts recommendations do have value. The stronger the consensus buy recommendation, the more likely stock performance is to surpass the market return.
But the results are sensitive to market cycles. The positive abnormal return for the most highly recommended firms is, however, limited to two time periods, namely the 1996-1998 (i.e. pre-crash) and 2002-2004 (i.e. post-crash) market periods. Return results for the 1999-2001 period (i.e. market bubble and crash) are less robust
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